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Network in St. Louis working to combat sexual harassment

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After experiencing sexual harassment on a regular basis, a St. Louis woman is working to build a network of resources. (Credit: KMOV) After experiencing sexual harassment on a regular basis, a St. Louis woman is working to build a network of resources. (Credit: KMOV)

After experiencing sexual harassment on a regular basis, a St. Louis woman is working to build a network of resources.

The network is called Combat SH and it was started in October as a resource for any and everyone who needs somewhere to turn with issues surrounding sexual harassment.

“Once I got off the bus ten minutes after the situation, a person from the same bus followed me all the way to my apartment,” said Sarah Durrett.

St. Louis native Sarah Durrett says being sexually harassed is a regular occurrence, especially during the commute to and from work.

“It’s worrisome, I had to actually go a little bit further from where I stay and go into a café and kind of duck in there,” said Durrett.

Uncomfortable experiences similar to these are what led Durrett to create Combat SH, a website she hopes will one day help anyone feeling vulnerable because of inappropriate advances.

“There’s no real place where people can go and say, ‘hey, what do I do?’ Do I contact a lawyer, do I file a police report if that’s necessary? I felt it was important to create that,” said Durrett.

Durrett says several women, as well as some men and even members of the transgender community, have reached out about her new organization.

“Nobody has the right to make anyone else uncomfortable,” said St. Louis Police Detective, Joe Mayberry.

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