People who fear sexually harassment have a new weapon at their disposal: a cell phone app. 

New York City Council member Julissa Ferreras and the nonprofit organization Hollaback! are trying to track down sexual harassment in the streets of New York City through a cell phone app called iHollaback. Sexual harassment can be anything from the annoying cat calls to transgressive touching.

The app works like this: People who experience sexual harassment in a particular area send their location to the app, and those areas are pinpointed on a map. 

"[We are] connecting these apps to the city 311 information system, [and it’s] the first time in the world that a city has really started to track down street harassment in a meaningful way," said Emily May, co-founder and executive director of Hollaback!, an organization that aims to end street harassment. 

The app will report harassment to 311, the city's non-emergency help line, and 311 responders will guide the user on how to address the situation -- like whether police need to be called. The cell phone app can also be used to take a picture of the harasser.

A study conducted by Cornell University found nearly two-thirds of street harassment was verbal; 29 percent included physical touching, and 4 percent included "nonverbal actions" like staring.

Madelyn Rodriguez is a freelancer in New York City. Follow her on Twitter: @Madelyn_Rod

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