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New York City women are tired of hearing vile things yelled at them as they walk down the street. Many women are going public about street harassment and catcalling. Some even post picture of their offenders on social media.

Founded in 2005, Hollaback! is an anti-harassment organization giving women a platform to do just that.

"If you want to take a photo of maybe the street corner where it happened," said Debjani Roy, the deputy director of Hollaback! "Or Represent the experience some way or somehow -- that's up to you."

According to the Hollaback! harassment app, there have been 140 reported incidents in New York City so far this year. But that's number increasing by the day.

Women and men can use the blog and write about their experiences and have a place for support.

"Often that experience is isolating and one that you go through on your own," Roy said. "When you go through it, you don't necessarily realize that it's a greater problem or systemic problem that a lot of people face."

Some street-savvy New York women are giving their own advice:

"Ignore them. It shuts them down quietly."

"You can't be violent, either, because they can get violent right back. So I figure just to walk away. Safest thing at the end of the day."

Hollaback! has grown so much: it is in 79 cities and 26 different countries. The group is looking to work on college campuses starting in New York.

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