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I was walking up the hill on my way home and had a bunch of guys hanging out of their car yelling ‘hey sexy’ and other things. One of them tried to slap my ass from the window and the car got very close to me! I was unable to say anything or so anything because it happened so fast!
Published on September 18, 2014 at 12:31 pmno comments
My story is not necessarily about one incident but many over my time here in New York. I live in a neighborhood where I am, on average, verbally harassed about 3-5 times a week. These interactions range from kissing and sucking noises, to verbal assaults (hey baby look at that fat ass) to derogatory intentions hidden behind kind words (Oh, God Bless you, baby) and beyond. One time a man was saying very rude things, and while that was happening another man drove up in a car and yelled “don’t talk to him baby, talk to me!” I screamed “thats harassment” to him as he drove off.
I’ve also been physical groped. When I was groped I chased after the man but unfortunately lost him in the crowd. I was fortunate that the cops were supportive and drove me around looking for him, but I know that is not every woman’s experience.
For a while I just dealt with it, but I’m at my wits end. Its to the point where I have actually started emotionally preparing myself for the three block walk from my apartment to the train. When I had the thought “well, maybe I should just stop wearing yoga pants in public” I knew that they and gotten into my head and it was time to do something.
I’ve begun confronting these men. Some engage while most walk away as if nothing has happened.
Published on September 15, 2014 at 5:49 pmno comments
On a run in my neighborhood today, a man in a car passing me wolf whistled. As a minor, (I’m only 14!), it was my first negative experience of such a kind.
It made me feel unsafe to be running alone because I knew other people with more physical power (a man in a car) were looking at my body sexually, and I could do nothing about it, even if they chose to pursue me further.
I am also deeply disturbed to realize that even as a minor running in a family community, I can be made to feel unsafe.
I want to end street harassment because it makes me feel unsafe and unhappy, and that is no way for any person to feel!
Published on September 14, 2014 at 10:43 pmno comments
Now, my story is probably going to be quite long.. but Ive just experienced ANOTHER form of harassment on the way home and I’m actually so angry so I need somewhere to vent. Since moving to London about 3 weeks ago I have experienced more of it on the streets of London than I ever have done in my life. Ive been on edge for a few months after an experience in Sydney, Australia when a guy approached me on the street and grabbed me, groped me and ran off and all witnesses to this never did a thing to help. So, I am not the most confident when Im out and about since that and being London hasnt helped matters. Today walking home in Stratford I was waiting at the lights and a guy approached me, I hadnt seen the green man and was still waiting and he made a joke which I laughed off.. he then continued to follow me down the road asking where I was going and if we could be friends.
I told him where to go but that didnt stop him and he walked by my side saying horrible things and making me feel so uncomfortable until I pulled my phone out and rang my mum and he walked away.
Last week I was walking home at night on the phone and a guy came up behind me which completely shocked me and put his arm around my waist and said ‘hey beautiful’ to which I replied ‘get your hands off me you’re disgusting’ and he walked away. Since Ive been here Ive been yelled at from cars, cornered by boys when Im walking down the street, disgusting things have been said to me by boys young enough to be my son and men old enough to be my grandfather and the whole time I am just thinking, what is it I am doing to attract this much unwanted attention? I dont dress provocatively (not that that would matter) and I keep my head down but still this happens to me literally every day in some shape or form and it just makes me so angry. I hate walking down the street now, I dont feel safe and its horrible that there are pathetic men in the world that can make a girl feel like this…just fuck off!
Published on September 13, 2014 at 6:24 pmno comments
Happy Friday Hollaback!’ers!
Hollaback! sites around the world are as busy as ever. This week:
The Hollaback! Mothership held two street harassment training sessions at Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School and an all day training session for BOCES training prep in partnership with Cornell University. Our deputy director, Debjani, was interviewed for Al Jazeera America – you can check out that video here!
Hollaback! Boston successfully lobbied their mayor to sign a pledge agreeing to community safety audits! The auditing begins on September 15th. They’ve also launched their anti-street harassment ads on local transit. SO AMAZING! And finally, they just launched a campaign to take down the Dov Charney flag at a local American Apparel, citing the numerous sexual harassment lawsuits filed against him. Sign their petition here!
Also, one of their site leaders, Kate, won a One in Three Impact award. Go Kate!
Hollaback! Melbourne was represented at Slutwalk; site leader Simone was one of the speakers addressing the crowd of over 1,000 folks. HB Melbourne is a friend of Girls on Film Festival – a feminist festival launching this weekend. Check it out here!
Hollaback! Mumbai is one of the official partners of Breakthrough‘s #selfies4school campaign – a campaign that aims to send 25k girls to school. The team will be contributing towards the blogathon and providing social media promotion. Check out the campaign here.
Hollaback! Bahamas presented at the COBUS (College of the Bahamas Union of Students) Health & Safety forum on street harassment. They also participated in a series of video interviews on the Constitutional Amendment Bills for gender equality. And, to cap off the week, they attended three workshops and events hosted by the U.S Embassy on women’s empowerment and youth engagement. Whew!
Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio site leader Sarah’s art was featured in the article “Two Underground Artists gain inspiration locally while gaining wider attention” in the Athens News. It featured anti-street harassment art that you can check out here!
Hollaback! Philly is holding a cosplayer harassment panel at the J1 Anime Con on Sunday. The Con is using Hollaback! Philly’s manual to train all of their volunteers before the convention. Hooray!
Great job this week team!
HOLLA and out!
- The Hollaback! Staff
Published on September 12, 2014 at 10:46 amno comments