Catcall Victims Fight Back Against Street Harassment

A video of a woman who secretly taped herself being catcalled in NYC went viral and launched a new controversy.
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The viral video came out this week that got a lot of attention for an issue many people overlook or don't even know exists. Especially those that happen to be middle aged and male. Women being harassed on the street. In this video, you see a woman walking through New York, repeatedly being catcalled by men. Tonight, we see if we can replicate the experiment and we ask, was the original video racist? Here's ABC's linsey Davis. God bless you, miami. Reporter: It's the video that sparked a media frenzy. In just ten hours, shoshanna Roberts said she got cat called more than 100 times. I'm so fed up. That was a tip came day. It really was. It's an days less, some days more. Reporter: Every day? Yes. Reporter: From the ladies on "The view." When they become weird like that one guy following her for so long, it's so scary. Reporter: To the Twitter sphere. This walk down the streets of New York is parking a national conversation. How are you doing? Hey, champ, you like football? Reporter: And spawning parodies, like this funny or die video. You're the kind of New York! You're the king! That bulge real? Reporter: And a few months back, buzzfeed showed what it would be like if women catcalled. Bet those arms could put together my IKEA furniture. Reporter: But for women who say they are subjected to catcalling, it's no latching matter. One of our staffers said she heard her first catcall when she was 11 years old. It makes you feel like you are street meat. Reporter: And it hasn't stopped since. With our hidden cameras rolling, to experience what she endured first hand, our colleague took a walk, much like the one shoshann took. While some men just looked, this man couldn't help but call out. Damn, miami. What did he say? Damn miami. Reporter: I was behind her. Excuse me, guys. Reporter: After hearing what I said, I decided to ask him why he said. What makes you actually say it? That's what makes you say damn. You didn't mean -- No. Reporter: But our colleague says it doesn't feel like a compliment. I feel like I'm part of a circus. On display for their entertainment. Sister, that's how you treat your brother? It's frustrating. Should be able to walk in peace. When I'm having a bad day at work, it makings it worse. When I'm having a good day, they make my day bad. I want to be left alone. Hey, beautiful. Reporter: In the original video, shoshanna did not confront any of the men. But more women are fighting back. Exposing catcallers for what they are. I'm just saying I love your dress. Just a compliment. I know you mean it as a compliment, but I don't take it as one. Women just say, well, I don't like it, but I'm not going to say anything because that's just how it is. Reporter: 28-year-old Linzie who would like to keep her last name private, created cards against harassment last fall. Posting cards for people to hand out to those who comment on their appearance in public. Tell you what. I'm going to give you a card. Reporter: With sayings like -- Someone simply walking, jogging, biking in your line of sight isn't an ini havation for you to comment on how they look. Next time, just say hello. Reporter: She says most of the encounters happen on her daily walk to work. When you dress the way you are -- I'm dressed for work. These are my professional clothes. Reporter: It happened so much, she started secretly filming with her iPhone. We've blurred the faces and changed the voices of the men who Lindsay claims are guilty of street harassment. If you smeiled -- If women don't think they can have public safety, that's a problem. Reporter: Sometimes their confrontations get apologies. If I made you feel uncomfortable, I'm sorry. Reporter: But others? If you have the freedom of speech to holler if you want to holler. It's my freedom to holler at you. I don't know if I'm changing hearts and minds, but if they are being annoying to me, I'm entitled to be annoying back to them. Reporter: Like Lindsay, women say it's all types of men. But many criticize this video for being racist. White woman does this video and bringing sexual harassment to the forefront and everyone's paying attention. Mostly because it's a white woman who is being sexually harassed by men of color. Reporter: Based on what we see of this video, it gives the appearance that most of the men making the comments were black or Latino. When something bad or harmful or fearful happens to white women, everyone reacts. When something bad or harmful or fearful happens to black women, it's a black woman's problem. Do Y Reporter: Do you think the video portrays that the calls come from only black men and Latino men? There are white men in the video. It goes quickly, but there are white member. There are Latino men. There are black men. And they are asian men. There's everybody. Reporter: You wouldn't say that your catcalled more often from black men and Latino men? Not at all. Reporter: The filmmaker defends the final product. It was a broad spectrum of people that were saying different stuff. This is a small sample size. It's not going to perfectly represent what is happening in the real world. Damn, miami. What did he say? Damn, miami. Reporter: While it may be a fine line, the women they talk to know right Iowa when a friendly he local crosses the line into the offensioffensive. They're belittling you and trying to make you feel that you are a sexual object to them and they have the right to talk to you and approach you any type of way. Reporter: Black or white, street harassment is something many women deal with. Do you consider it harassment? I would, yeah. Reporter: Even if it's just hey, good morning. You don't see women calling out to men in that way. You don't see, like, hey, sexy, tight butt! I just don't think -- I'm not comfortable. Reporter: It is -- you live in New York. It happens all the time. Reporter: What surprised the women we talked to most is that shoshanna wasn't wearing revealing clothing. It's entering your personal space when you haven't been open to it. Reporter: All three of you could relate to this woman? Yes. It disrupts my daily rife. Reporter: Perhaps even more shocking, shoshanna says she's getting rape threats. Perhaps more reason that when she hears something like this -- Hey, look it there! Reporter: It's far from flattery. Damn, girl. Reporter: For "Nightline," I'm linsey Davis in New York.

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