“Reasonable Fear: A Theatrical Exploration of Street Harassment & Rape Culture”

 

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 Touch Me Philly Productions Presents two weeks of theatre and events exploring the topics of  Street Harassment & Rape Culture.

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**Nine short plays were chosen from our open submission call to create our Main Stage Theatrical Production. Catch this show Thursdays – Saturdays April 16-18 & 23-25 at 8:00 PM. Our main stage showcase features:

Smile, Baby! by Josh Carpenter
Hey Girl by Jessica Farr
Jack Pork by Donna Hoke
I Dream Before I Take The Stand by Arlene Hutton
He Said/She Said by Donna Latham
Afterwards by Alex Broun
After The Beep by Cubby Altobelli
Who Is Jack by Matthew Macca

**On Saturday afternoons, April 18th & 25th, join us for a ‘lighter’ look at street harassment & rape culture with “Catcall Me Maybe.” Featuring films, the work & comedy stylings of Rachel Fogletto, Vickie Fernandez, Hannah Harkness, work by Cubby Altobelli & more!

**Project SAFE will be presenting a FREE workshop “Save us from our Saviors: Sex Work, Human Trafficking and Rape Culture.” on Sunday, April 19th at 3pm. This is your opportunity to learn about a huge problem hidden in plain sight and how you can help.

**We’ll also be offering other events during these two weeks. Check back here regularly as we will be adding TONS of resources and event details! This series coincides with both Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Street Harassment Awareness week.

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**We’ll also be offering a variety of other presentations, workshops, and entertainment during these two weeks.  Check back here regularly as we will be adding TONS of resources and event details! This series coincides with both Sexual Harassment Awareness Month and Street Harassment Awareness week.

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Touch Me Philly Productions is looking for local  businesses, artists, and caring community members to get involved with Reasonable Fear.  Unfortunately Street Harassment and Rape Culture not only exist but are far too prevalent in today’s society.

Our goal is to continue this important discussion and help make our daughters, sisters, mothers, friends & selves feel safer in the streets of The City of Brotherly Love.

We are  accepting monetary donations as well as donations of services towards making this an impactful and enlightening series of events.  If you would like to donate,directly to the project you can do so securely via via PayPal to TouchMePhilly@gmail.com.

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Thank you from all of us working to make “Reasonable Fear” a series that makes a difference.   To get involved, make a donation, or if you have any questions, please shoot us an email!  Info@TouchMePhilly.com.  We appreciate you taking the time to read this and consider donating your venue and/or funds toward this important project!

But.. what IS Reasonable Fear?

“a reasonable person” or “reasonable fear.”  This is a key legal principle that makes regulating verbal street harassment challenging. These phrases provide guidance for judges and jurors in interpreting the law. Because our laws are meant to be generally applicable to society, they are often written according to how a reasonable person is expected to react to a given situation.

For example, if a law prohibits actions that would make a reasonable person fear for his or her safety, the fact that I was scared by your action is not enough to establish that you broke the law. Your action would have to be something that would cause fear for the average, reasonable person – not just the person that was actually made afraid.

Because the majority of lawmakers and judges in the United States have historically been white men, and white men don’t typically experience street harassment, or if they do, they are rarely afraid as a result, the fear associated with street harassment has not always passed the reasonable man test.
[http://www.stopstreetharassment.org/strategies/sshlaw-3concepts/]

     So we’re supposed to feel protected by laws made to assume we’re reasonably afraid of only the same things that they do?

As reasonable women, we say the standard needs to change! Thank you for joining us in making this event an instrument of that change!

-Alyson Rodriguez Orenstein & Amanda Sylvester

Co-Owners, Touch Me Philly Productions, LLC

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2 comments on ““Reasonable Fear: A Theatrical Exploration of Street Harassment & Rape Culture”

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