Viral copycat video shows Rome harassment

Viral copycat video shows Rome harassment
Rachele Brancatisano walked across Rome for ten hours to make the video. Screenshot: CorriereTV

A woman in Rome secretly filmed over 100 incidents of street harassment in a day, mirroring a New York video experiment which went viral last month.


In the Rome video, 26-year-old Rachele Brancatisano spends ten hours walking through different neighbourhoods in the Italian capital.

Dressed in black trousers and t-shirt, she is filmed being repeatedly harassed by men.

“At least a smile!” one man says, while others throw questions at her:

“Single in Rome?” 

“Not even a hug?”

“Don’t angels fly?”

“Are you married?”

Some men appear so stunned to see Brancatisano walk past they are lost for words, instead vocalizing their feelings with “Eeehy!” or “Uh!”

Throughout the day she experienced over 100 incidents of harassment, in areas including Rome’s historical centre.

Brancatisano’s video follows the same experiment being carried out by 24-year-old Shoshana Roberts in New York, where the experience was strikingly similar.

The US video has been supported by Hollaback! - an organization which aims to end street harassment by encouraging victims to capture incidents on their mobile phones.

Watch the New York video: 



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