Street Harassment Law

While every state in the country criminalizes groping, flashing and assault, the laws on Woman walking in underpassharassing comments or gestures in public vary widely between states. Many states have laws against “lewd conduct” which can include sexually explicit comments or catcalls, or obscene gestures or language. Some states also have laws against following people, and laws criminalizing abusive language or conduct that disturbs a person’s movement in public.

The organization Stop Street Harassment has a great state-by-state guide on these laws and resources for reporting harassment.