By Victor Minnone
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Men bothering women by catcalling has become a concern for some on campus.
Catcalling can take the form of whistling, shouting or making comments of a sexual nature to a woman passing by.
Amanda Marcacci, a Camden County College student, said she has been catcalled at least once a day since the beginning of the semester.
“It happens in the cafeteria most of the time, always awkward and creepy, never polite,” Marcacci stated.
“Students who catcall on a regular basis drift to public areas that are loud so public safety officers can’t hear them speaking. It’s hard to prove the action happened without video evidence, leaving offenders to repeat their actions on a regular basis,” Marcacci added.
CCC’s sexual harassment policy is clear: “Camden County College shall provide a work and academic environment free of sexual harassment. The college prohibits all forms of sexually harassing conduct.”
People who feel they’ve been the target of catcalling should report it to public safety officials.
Catcalling doesn’t happen only on campus, noted Robert Laginestra, a CCC student.
“Catcalling is a more prominent issue than people would think. I can honestly say that I had to stop going to a few gas stations because of the fuel attendees catcalling my girlfriend or making rude remarks. I see it happen pretty frequently by both sexes and all ethnicities alike,” Laginestra said.
Laginestra said he does not believe catcalling can be stopped because the core issue starts with the individual.
“I don’t believe you can do anything to stop catcalling. I think the issue lies within individuals and how they are taught to see the other sex as a partner or a prize,” Laginestra said.
Curt Whipple, a theater department professor, said students have told him about stalking and catcalling issues on three occasions in his career.
“This was never a persistent issue. I’ve noticed minimal catcalling in the hallways or classrooms,” Whipple stated.