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Man Secretly Taking Pictures of Me Without Consent

This creep was taking pictures of me as he walked behind me. Another man came up alongside and said loudly, “That guy is taking pictures of you.” I stopped, surprised and confused, and looked back to see a man of the following profile:

Smartly dressed, navy blue suit and tie
Balding-ish–had thinning hair

with his phone up, half “hidden” behind a newspaper. He dashed behind a coffee cart to “hide,” and as the second man was saying, “You can sue for that, you know,” Creep walked back the other way. I was too surprised by the encounter to react quickly and get his photo or otherwise publicly shame him, but just to say ladies, watch out and speak up when you see this disgusting carry on happening.

Published on August 30, 2016 at 12:24 pm

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HOLLA ON THE GO: Catcalling from Construction Workers

Currently there is construction of a new building on Hanover street in Portland Maine. The men working there constantly catcall upon walking by. Ignoring gets old so have yelled out stop a few times with no luck and flipped them off a few times. Now having to take a longer route to avoid them. Would love for them to get spoken to.

Published on August 30, 2016 at 12:23 pm

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Harassed on a City Street

I was walking down a city street with my husband about a block from our house. A black Cadillac full of dudes drives by and screams “Hey, titties!” out the window at me. Apparently wearing a cross body bag across a tank top on a hot summer day is an invitation to be harassed. We ignore them and keep walking but they’re stuck in traffic. “Come on, turn around bitch!” was their follow up since I didn’t dignify their harassment the first time around. At this point my husband was enraged and started walking towards their car asking if they had a problem they wanted to get out of the car to solve. He pulled out his phone and started taping them. Miraculously, they had nothing else to say.

It’s not the first time this has happened to me and I know it won’t be the last. But nonetheless, I was filled with that hopeless anger afterward. We were at breakfast afterward and I was expressing to my husband that things like this make me feel like I need to lose as much weight as I can so I can get rid of the harassment bait attached to my body. (I’m a 36B). FWIW, I was wearing a tank top from a teenage clothing line and shorts.

I considered giving the plate number to the police, but for what? The last time I was being threatened (by a tenant of mine) they told me there was nothing they could do unless it was violent. THANKS WORLD.

Published on August 30, 2016 at 12:20 pm

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HOLLA ON THE GO: Harassed in Front of a Clinic

There were 2 lines of men (on one each side of the sidewalk) because the clinic was about to open it’s doors. There were several guys who grabbed their crotches and thrusted their pelvis at me. Most of the other men did smacking sounds with their lips or asked for my number. It was like walking through a gauntlet.

Published on August 30, 2016 at 12:10 pm

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A Week in Our Shoes

Week in Our Shoes: Events All Around the World!

Hey Hollas!


What a productive week it’s been at HQ! As always, there’s been a lot going on in and out of the office. Here’s what we’ve been up to:

This week our Executive Director, Emily May, attended an event called My Passion; My Philanthropy: Youth & Giving hosted by Women’s eNews. The focus of the event was on “funding for teen girls and the ways in which young people engage in philanthropy, nationally and internationally.” We were proud to be included in the discussion along with other speakers representing Sy Syms Foundation, She’s the First, and Afrika Tikkun USA, Inc!

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Last week, Debjani was featured on an episode of The Call with NY1. The segment focused on subway safety and Debjani gave some advice on street harassment, in response to the viral video of a woman who took a video of a man publicly masturbating on the NYC subway. Trigger warning, but for some inspiration from this brave woman, watch here.

Hollaback!’s app was also featured in a news segment from New York 4 regarding smartphone safety apps. The segment had New Yorkers test out various apps that track someone’s path to their destination, and Debjani was a part of it too!

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We’re also saying goodbye to our Development and Program intern Lan, who we’ve sent off with a staff lunch full of delicious food–thanks so much for all your hard work this summer and good luck on all your future endeavors!

Speaking of interns, we’re still looking for awesome fall interns (HeartMob Program, Communications, and Development and Program)! Please help us spread the word so we can be prepared for the upcoming season!

Here’s what is going on with our sites around the world:

Last week, Hollaback! Amsterdam (they’re making the transition to Hollaback! Netherlands) joined the Dutch Gender Platform Wo=men. Site leader Eve said that “this is exciting news for us because it will connect us with an amazing network of equality-focused organizations in the Netherlands and will increase our visibility and advocacy capacity with the Dutch government.” Keep up the good work!


Hollaback! Cuenca participated in a breakfast hosted by UN Women in order to collect suggestions about the new urban agenda (Habitat III). At this event, they “suggested that the “right of the city” concept should be seen from the perspective where spaces are public but the bodies of the people who walk on them aren’t.” You go Hollaback! Cuenca!

Last week, Hollaback! Detroit held a workshop on harassment and art activism with Girls Rock Detroit. They also distributed their first zine at Zine Fest. We’re so proud of this new site!

That’s all for this week! Awesome all around.

Holla and out!

– the Hollaback! Team

Published on August 25, 2016 at 6:10 pm

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