New York, NY-  Hollaback!, the group behind the viral sexual harassment video filmed on the streets of New York says the harassment is continuing online and some people are going so far as to threaten the actress appearing in the video with rape and death.

The video which has received nearly 5 million views features a 24 year-old actress who was filmed for nearly ten hours walking the streets of New York City. Rob Bliss Creative filmed the video for Hollaback! to shed a light on street sexual harassment and found that the woman was harassed/“complimented”100 times as she walked through the Big Apple.

The video notes that men of all races and age groups harassed the actress.

If you really want to get an idea of how people feel—or how nasty they can be—just read the comments accompanying a video or article. Anonymity empowers people to say horrible things, and that includes threatening to rape and kill the actress featured in the Hollaback! video.

Many of those threats have been scrubbed from the You Tube comments section, but new offensive and threatening comments continue to show up. A common thread among the comments is men questioning how what the woman is encountering could be considered harassment?

Men tend to scoff at the notion that a compliment is harassment and most women don’t mind a compliment or two. The problem is that this young women wasn’t just being complimented. In one instance, a man walked alongside her for nearly five minutes even though she ignored him. Many of the compliments were sexually charged with the sole intention of getting the young woman’s attention and were accompanied by leering glances.

The biggest problem though is that street harassment isn’t just compliments, salutations or catcalling, women are subjected to graphic sexual comments and gestures, touching groping and in some cases assault.

Commenters point to the fact that the men talking to actress are just being friendly, polite even, but the only problem with that argument is that the men weren’t being friendly to any of the other people around. To many women, street and workplace sexual harassment is just part of their regular day, they tolerate and do so for their entire lives. Some women can take, others can’t.

There is obviously a big divide in how men and women define sexual harassment, with men usually taking the stance that it isn’t a big deal. Boys will be boys after all! But sexual harassment can have a detrimental effect on the object if it is pervasive and repeated.

In the workplace, sexual harassment attorneys define harassment as unwanted comments about a person’s body, requests for sexual favors, and inappropriate and unsolicited touching. Sexual harassment doesn’t have to be based on sexual attraction, it can be discrimination based on a person’s gender or their sexual orientation. This definition would certainly apply to street sexual harassment witnessed in the Hollaback! video.

Men don’t approach their coworkers, their moms, grandmothers or sisters the way this woman was approached; so, why is it okay on the streets? And, no, it’s not a free speech issue, it’s a being a decent human being issue.