Why did he do that? What’s he thinking? Profiling Harassers.
Profiling the harasser is useful because it provides the Target and the Bystander a means for determining what type of harassing person they are dealing with. This knowledge helps take some of the fear out of the encounter. It also enables a vocabulary for conceptualizing and discussion.

The dynamics of all human conflict are based on power and control. This dynamic motivates Street Harassment too. But, it is by understanding the immediate intention that Target and the Bystander are able to formulate a response that is counter to the Harasser’s expectations and desires.

The Harasser’s Intention is to engage in a Visual Fantasy. He usually expects to be ignored.
Public Voyeur – This person does a lot of staring, leering, takes a picture, etc.
The Creep – His very presence gives women “the creeps”. He usually knows it and uses it.


The Harasser’s Intention to Seek Attention. He is forcing you to recognize his existence.
Car Driving Baboon – Honks, hoots, and hollers at you as he drives by. A “hit and run” tactic.
Charmer Wannabe – Comes on too strong, does not listen to “No”, thinks he is “God’s gift to women, might follow you, engages in bantering and “compliments”. Attempts to control the encounter.
Working Stiff – Harasses you while on the job. Looking for entertainment. Usually in a group.
Peacocking Showoff – Playing to the crowd. Looking to be the entertainment. Wants attention.


The Harasser’s Intention is to Provoke a Reaction. Expects to be ignored or get an angry reaction.
Dirty Old Man – You know him when you see him. Many times goes after the young and innocent.
Drunken Asshole – Has alcohol fueled courage, no inhibitions, exhibits poor judgement, etc. Sometimes starts out as the Charmer Wannabe.
Crude Oaf – Makes especially vulgar and disgusting comments directly to or about you.


The Harasser’s Intention is Self-Pleasure. Uses his repulsive behavior to control the situation.

The Pervert – Engages in flashing and public masturbation like activities, etc.
Touchy Feeler – Gets close to women and tries to rub against or touch them inappropriately whenever possible. Utilizes public transportation to his advantage. Can be sneaky or obvious.


The Harasser’s Intention is Fear & Intimidation. Uses the threat of violence to control the situation.
Overgrown Bully – Uses threatening, derogatory, angry language, impulsive behavior, etc.
Anti-Social Intimidator – Uses violence as a tool at the slightest provocation. He is dangerous.


The Harasser’s Intention is Predatory Testing. He is actively looking to find a suitable victim.
Predatory Stalker – Follows the Target seeking opportunity for further victimization.

Opportunistic Predator – Harassment is a means to test/interview for potential victimization. He sometimes uses the techniques of the Charmer Wannabe. He is dangerous and needs to be deterred with the use of strong physical assertiveness and a Not Me!!! attitude.