In just two days, the recording has garnered more than 16 million views on the video-sharing website YouTube, shining a national spotlight on the problem of street harassment.
The number of threatening emails ran into the double digits in the immediate aftermath of the video going live and have been growing since then, with friends and family now handling them, she said.
Roberts plans on alerting the New York Police Department, she said.
“My job is working to address street harassment and when I first saw this video, even doing this all day long, my stomach still turned,” said Hollaback! Executive Director Emily May.
Verbal harassment or harassment in the second degree in New York can be punished by a fine of up to $250 and 15 days in jail, but it has to be a repeated act in order to meet the legal threshold, said Marjorie Mesidor, a lawyer with Philips and Associates.