While some continue to celebrate Women’s Day with flowers and chocolates — as if it were our birthday — this date, as well as the entire month of March, is really an occasion to reiterate the danger, violence, and inequalities to which we women are subjected around the world.
Harassment — street, workplace, virtual, telephone — is one of the most normalized and endemic aspects of this reality.
According to “The Sexual Assault Among Latinas Survey,” by Carlos A. Cuevas, Ph.D., and Chiara Sabina, Ph.D., in 2010, one in six Latinas experience sexual victimization in their lifetime. Almost 90% of Latina survivors of sexual violence have experienced more than one form of violence, including physical violence, threats, stalking, or witnessing violence.
Today, one of the most common forms is through our telephone. That’s why, through its anti-scam, spam, and harassment tools, Truecaller wants to teach Latinas how to protect themselves.
Truecaller researched the impact of harassment calls for women around the world in its study “Truecaller Insights: The Impact of Harassment Calls & SMS for Women” and is now taking the message to Latinas in the U.S., who are more likely to say they experienced harassment than non-Hispanics.
The leading global platform for contact verification and blocking unwanted communications is empowering Latinas this Women’s History Month by providing tips on how to stay safe from scams and harassing phone calls.
“Blocking phone numbers is one of the top actions women can take to stop harassment calls,” says Clayton LiaBraaten, Senior Advisor at Truecaller. “The calls from perpetrators can range from a nuisance to downright harassment. Especially during this important month where we celebrate women and their contributions, we want to make sure Latinas in the U.S. are aware they have options and resources to help protect themselves from falling victim to these sophisticated phone schemes.”
How can you protect yourself?
Download a free caller ID and spam blocking apps like Truecaller from the iOS app store or Google Play for your mobile devices. You can rest easy and get your phone back by identifying incoming calls and text messages with names, companies, or spam indicators. The database is continuously updated and works against vishing (voice phishing) and smishing (SMS phishing).
Think twice before taking any call from an unknown area code. If it is important, they will leave a voice message. If they leave a voicemail, do not return the call until you confirm it is from a legitimate company or person. You can verify this through the Truecaller website or the company’s site.
Similarly, do not click on the embedded links if you see a questionable text from customer service or a package shipment tracker. Take a screenshot to report and send a copy of the message to (7726). Then report it to the Federal Trade Commission at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.