The actress whose video of her being catcalled on New York City streets more than 100 times in 10 hours recently went viral told CNN on Thursday that the experience was terrifying.
Shoshana Roberts explained to the hosts of CNN’s New Day that she hoped to start a dialog when she agreed to partner with the nonprofit group Hollaback! to create the video, which now has more than 15 million views on YouTube.
“This is a typical day, and it doesn’t even illustrate everything that happens, it doesn’t show the times in the past that I’ve been — my side has been squeezed or — that was just a single day,” she noted. “It brings up memories of my past. I’ve experienced sexual assault, unfortunately, in my past.”
“You are thinking, what’s going to be next, are these people going to reach out and grab me?” Roberts continued. “I had to keep remembering that I wanted to start a dialog. I was scared out of my mind.”
“I was reliving past experiences of sexual assault in my mind during those 10 hours. It was bringing up these awful memories, and lots of people have those memories.”
According to Hollaback!, Roberts has received rape threats as a result of the video. The organization has made a plea on social media for people to report any threats to law enforcement.
Watch the video below from CNN, broadcast Oct. 30, 2014.