Girls carry banners against street harassment and sexual violence in their country Wednesday, March 9, 2016. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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With the slogan "The street is ours – even at the end of the night," around 100 protesters marched along Beirut's Corniche Tuesday night to protest against the ever-present street harassment and sexual violence in their country. The idea behind the march, organized by AUB's leftist student club Red Oak, was to empower women to reclaim public spaces, as many fear falling victim to sexual harassment or worse when they go out at night. Nour Tannir, a member of the Red Oak club, said it's a natural right for everyone to be able to walk the streets without fear.Part of the empowering nature of the event is to shift blame from the victim to the perpetrator, and to counter arguments that women just shouldn't go out after a certain time or should dress more modestly.
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