26 APR 2012: "Harassers out there take note. We're going to know who you are, where you are, what you said and how many times you said it." This message was presented by New York City Council speaker Christine Quinn who got approval for city funds to develop an app to fight sexual harassment on the streets and subways of New York City. She has $20,000 in approved funding.
The creators of hollabacknyc.com will develop this new application.
Presently the company asks users to send in photos of people who have harassed them and the images are posted to the website. However, the wisdom of snapping a photograph of somebody who is already harassing you remains to be seen.
It is suggested that the new app that uses city funds will be similar, but a review of the data will result in some workers receiving sensitivity training and possibly focussing on offending professions or neighbourhoods.
In the worst cases, some data will go directly to the New York City Police Department. Catcalls are considered sexual harassment or aggravated harassment, says Quinn.
"The days of thinking you can make life uncomfortable for women and girls are going to be over through old-fashioned girl power and 21st Century technology."
Quinn is expected to be a mayoral candidate in 2013.