Years ago, the word ‘catcalling’ would have evoked confused looks on people’s faces.
The word seemed strange and although, locally, many women were aware of the behaviour they were unable to associate it with the action- of a man or woman ‘sooting’ or calling out to them as they walked in the streets, in a yard, or any public place.
Merriam-Webster defines catcalling as “making loud, sexually suggestive call or comment directed at someone publicly (as on the street).”
Although catcalling happens to men, the action is targeted more towards women as both sexes were trained to know their role in such behaviour.
But soon, a dialogue began and many were able to label it and share their own experiences.
Persons began to understand why such an action needed to be prevented as it leads to other negative results, mainly, sexual assault.
In this week’s episode of Skin Deep, we uncover what catcalling is by speaking to Kelsie Joseph, co-creator of catcalling of UWI.
Kelsie also discusses how catcalling can lead to sexual assault and shares her experience with being assaulted at a young age.
Press play and listen to Kelsie’s story below.