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A Week in Our Shoes

Week in Our Shoes: Events and Features from Around the World!

Hi Hollas!


Here at the HQ, we’ve been stewing in the heatwave–but that doesn’t stop us from forging ahead in building this movement to end street and online harassment! Despite the sweltering weather we’re very excited to be planning and prepping for the Fall. Meet our new Communications Intern Lucy, a recent grad from UC Berkeley! 


We are also thrilled to announce that we are looking for a Program and Communications Coordinator, who will be working in our office in Brooklyn. This is a brand new position and the deadline for applications is on August 15, 2016. Please share this with everyone you know and help us build our team in preparation for Hollaback!’s big, bright future!


Here’s what Hollaback! sites around the world has been up to this week: 


Hollaback! Oxford was featured twice this week: on BBCOxford Radio and BBC South Today. Check out and follow their Facebook page for the full video. You go Hollaback! Oxford!


Hollaback! Ottawa shared photos hollabackottowaof a chalk walk they recently held in order to spread anti-harassment messages and to create a dialogue about harassment in their community.
Follow them on Twitter
 to see some more amazing chalk drawings from the event!


Hollaback! Detroit has their first event at BFF Fest this weekend! They’ll be holding a workshop on responding to street harassment and how to be a good bystander on Saturday, July 30 from 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm at El Club, located at 4114 West Vernor Highway in Detroit. Stay tuned to this new site for more information on this event and any upcoming events!

That’s all for this week!

Holla and out!
– the Hollaback! Team


Published on July 28, 2016 at 6:04 pm

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groping, Story

Penn Station Harasser

I was standing in Penn Station, NYC – waiting to get my train out of the city, I was looking at the screen to see which platform my train would arrive on. It was very crowded and hot, I was wearing leggings and a white t-shirt. People were piling through the station and suddenly a man from behind reached and squeezed my ass in a very aggressive and sexual manner. I was shocked and I turned around to see who had done it but it was so busy there was no sure way to tell. I spoke to two cops who tried to help me identify the man but as I was not 100% sure of who did it, there wasn’t much they could do. I was escorted by the police to my platform so that I was not followed.

It was very scary and I was very upset and had never experienced anything like that before. I regularly experience cat calls and verbal harassment, but never anything physical.

I am shocked at the way anyone could think that it is ok to reach out and touch somebody like that, it is disgraceful and incredibly disrespectful. I should not have to fear standing in a public space – I should not have to worry about being inappropriately touched.

Published on July 28, 2016 at 3:22 pm

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Nonverbal Harassment

HOLLA ON THE GO: Photos taken of me

I was walking my dog around 5:45pm on a Monday when I noticed a man standing next to his bike taking photos of me as I walked by. When I passed I turned around and he was taking photos of my butt. I started yelling at him and insisted that he was not allowed to take photos of me and to show me his phone. I could see the photos of my butt on his phone but he got on his bike and rode away before deleting them. When I called the police they provided no support.

Published on July 27, 2016 at 10:28 am

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Catcalled at the supermarket

I was shopping at the supermarket for my flat and a slimy teenager told me I had a nice ass and catcalled/verbally harassed me. Not that it’s relevant but it is still worth saying I was wearing my vans, jeans and an oversized mickey mouse sweater. Even worse his parents didn’t care.

Published on July 25, 2016 at 10:53 am

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Drive by comments on my appearance and cat-calls. Was SO CLOSE to making it home today without being harassed!

Published on July 22, 2016 at 12:41 pm

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