Everyone deserves their own privacy, regardless of their gender, race, or social status. Its one of those unalienable rights we hold dear to us as Americans… unless someone steps in and stomps on it.
When Boston musician Jase Dillan had a street harasser who allegedly filmed her backside and other private areas without her permission, she found a way to turn the tables on him.
As a punishment to her offender, Dillan spent the next few minutes following the harasser and filming him—just like what he did to her. She wanted to make him feel how humiliating the act is.
The gentlemen got mad and told Dillan to stop filming him, but she insisted she wouldn’t stop unless he deletes the video he took of her. She told the guy, “I’m videotaping you the way you were videotaping me. I’m sorry, am I making you uncomfortable? You don’t like being filmed without your permission?”
She repeated, “You don’t like being filmed without permission? Because that’s what you’ve been doing. You have footage of me on that camera . . . Maybe you’ll think twice next time you want to be a creepy f***ing dirtbag.”
Dillan continued yelling, catching the attention of onlookers. The man, though, still denied that he filmed Dillan.
Dillan shared that she noticed the man was wearing a wedding ring, so she said to him, “Oh look at that, a wedding ring. Wow, I can’t wait to put this on the Internet. Is that what you were going to do with footage of me? If you’re going to be a creep and film girls on Newbury Street, you should have a lawyer.”
Dillan uploaded the clip on her Facebook account, and it had been watched for over 720,000 times. It showed her walking behind the street harasser across Boston’s Newbury Street. It was even shared by popular anti-street harassment group iHollaback.
No one knows whether Dillan succeeded in convincing him to remove the footage because the video ended shortly after their conversation. But with her sharing the video to people, Dillan aimed to send a message to women that they should be courageous enough to shame their street harassers.
“If you’re brash and brazen enough to do that, you deserve to be called out. [I started raising my voice because] I wanted him to feel the shame that comes with a complete stranger violating your privacy. If you have the balls to do something like this on busiest street in Boston, you’re a special kind of coward. This happens everywhere, not just on Newbury Street, not just in Boston. Women are expected to stay quiet,” Dillan told Cosmopolitan in a recent interview about the video.
Dillan is not actually the first victim. People told her that he had done it to other women too, both adults and minors.
If you keep quiet, this kind of harassment will never stop. Remember, the only way for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing.