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Help us and our new partners at ModCloth build a world where you can dress for yourself and feel safe!

Have you read Erin’s Story or Ursula’s Story or Kristin’s Story? Each of these stories have two major things in common: First, they’re experiences of street harassment. Second, they’re three of the many stories of people who felt very aware of what they were wearing and how it related to their experiences of harassment. In our research with Cornell we found that 66% of women change the way they dress in order to try and avoid harassment.

Our partners at ModCloth think this is absurd because they know just as well as we do, we dress for ourselves (or at least we should be able to). We love their new video campaign that hones in on this message:

In a world that perpetuates the myth that our clothes are an invitation, it is so important for us to speak up! By telling your stories you are transforming an experience that is lonely and isolating into one that is sharable. You change the power dynamic by flipping the lens off of you and onto the harasser. And you enter a worldwide community of people who’ve got your back. Your stories are inspiring legislators, journalists, academics, and the guy on the corner to take street harassment seriously and create solutions that make everyone feel safe.

So wear what makes you feel good about yourself, and join the movement to shut down street harassers who think your smile or your awesome outfit is an invitation to invade your space. We know that you dress for yourself, and we’ve got your back. Share your stories online or through our new app and participate in the conversation to help us end street harassment.

Published on August 26, 2015 at 11:04 am

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Nonverbal Harassment, Story, Verbal

Whitney Gahbasin’s Story: Harassed from a Car

So I was on the phone to one of my girlfriends when two guys in a Toyota corolla came up to me and asked me how I had phone signal in this area. To this i replied that my network was good and, as i was saying that they slowly started driving their car onto the pavement blocking my path. I then considered crossing the road but i was fearful of what would happen. Also it was my right of way therefore I kindly asked them to move. At this point the other man in the vehicle who had GREEN eyes started randomly saying “I think you would get better signal in my car as I have the best antenna in the world” at this point he start undoing his pants and took his …. out. I then looked at the driver and asked him to please control his friend and decided to walk away, although this did not deter the other man in the car. I gave him a middle finger and he started saying “hey you, dont call me middle finger” he seemed to have a non-native accent, one that seemed to be arabic. Then he started swearing at the driver saying “gawad back me up” Finally I said I would call the police but then he said “dont bump me again” after that he got back in the car and drove off.

Published on October 5, 2015 at 1:38 pm

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Nonverbal Harassment, Story

Sarah Blade’ Story: Young boys harassing older females

A young middle school boy was touching my legs on the subway when I didn’t respond to him because he was trying to sell me his beats which I clearly wasn’t interested in since I said “no” the first time. Unbelievable how young boys can sexually harass older females now.

Published on October 5, 2015 at 1:35 pm

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Story, Verbal

HOLLA ON THE GO: can’t even give it a title…

I was at work and was heading to clock out for the night. A man from a different department ask me why I was “dragging”. I replied with “ay it’s been a long day I’m tired. He replied “oh you just need some good dick in your life and pointed to his “zone”. Not even 20 mins before this happened a different male coworker had came up to me and said “I know you got a man but I want to suck your titties. I gave him a funny look and he said “ohhh is that the face you make when you ride?”
Ummm time to go! I wrapped everything up and headed to the clock…
Before I could clear my head from the 1st conversation,the 2nd had already happened…

Published on September 30, 2015 at 11:29 am

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Nonverbal Harassment, Story

HOLLA ON THE GO: Naked Vagrant

There’s a man that frequents this spot and has been seen standing naked on the sidewalk. Did not approach him, but stayed on Charles St. instead.

Published on September 28, 2015 at 12:16 pm

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A Week in Our Shoes

Week in Our Shoes: Happy 10th Birthday Hollaback!

Hey Hollas!

Hollaback HQ celebrated its ten year anniversary this week!unnamed We blew the candles and wished for a future where everyone has the right to feel safe as they walk down the street. And so, the work continues as we keep things moving with our Story Sharing Campaign – getting our brand spanking new free app out to as many people as possible and collecting more stories using #iHollaback. So go on and share your story so that we can prove to the haters who say “street harassment is not a big deal” that they are wrong!

Hollaback! sites around the world:

Hollaback!’ers around the world have been way busy with the Story Sharing Campaign and promoting the app.

12039313_1343587495667318_1952166344398984013_nHollaback! Peterborough marched at the first Trans Day of Resiliency & the first Trans March in their town and got great support from their community! How amazing is that? For a small city in southern Ontario, we’d say it’s pretty UH-MA-ZING! They were also marching in the Pride Parade and tabling in the park with info about Hollaback! I mean, WOW!

Hollaback! Nottingham and Hollaback! London participated at an Anti-Street Harassment Summit on making Nottingham and Nottinghamshire safer for women held by Nottingham Women’s Centre. They took the opportunity to spread the word on the amazing work they have done in the last year and also shared what their plans will be in the coming months! Great job Nottingham and London!

Hollaback! Vegas participated at a round table at UNLV on combatting campus sexual assault with Congresswoman Dina Titus and the team of Hillary Clinton for Nevada.

CPs3Ur9UcAA-uQHHollaback! Ottawa was rallying, marching and chanting on the streets of Ottawa at their Take Back the Night 2015 event where women reclaim their right to walk alone at night without the fear of violence and continue to enforce the movement to end violence against women. Here they are proudly holding the Hollaback! flag! Thumbs up, Ottawa!

Hollaback! Edinburgh was supporting the march “AYE to refugees, NAE to Nazis”. The march was initiated by Unite Against Fascism – Edinburgh as a mobilization of faith groups, civil right groups and trade unions, to oppose the SDL’s message of intolerance and racism in defense of refugees and immigrants. A very very important issue!

Hollaback! Halifax together with Avalon Sexual Assault Centre hosted the second annual Rolling Revolution: Cats Glare Back. They were touring the city to show their support for victims and survivors of street harassment and sexualized violence and to reclaim spaces of reported street violence. And they got featured in the media here and here! Awesome work, HB Halifax! Check out #CatsGlareBack!

Hollaback! Bahamas participated at the Feminist Forum to discuss the SDGs, indicators, accountability, and monitoring. Way to go!

Well, that’s it for now (and it’s a lot)! Stay tuned next week for even more amazing stuff!


Holla and out!

-The Hollaback! Team

Published on September 25, 2015 at 4:38 pm

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