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Hollaback! Releases US Data on Street Harassment!

Hollaback! and Cornell University began a large-scale research survey on street harassment in 2014. The research will be released in two parts: Part I reviews data from the United States and Part II of the survey, a cross-cultural analysis of street harassment from 42 cities around the globe, will release in May. Part I, US-Specific Data, had 4,872 respondents. 

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The data shows that 85% of US women surveyed report experiencing street harassment before the age of 17, and 67% of women report experiencing it before age 14.

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Data was collected and analyzed by Dr. Beth Livingston, Cornell University ILR School and graduate assistants Maria Grillo and Rebecca Paluch, Cornell University ILR School in partnership with Hollaback!

Full results will be available in May 2015 throughout the Hollaback! network. US general results can be viewed above.

For more research on street harassment, see Hollaback!’s Research page.

Published on April 17, 2015 at 11:24 am

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Stalking, Story, Verbal

Sealani’s Story: Old School entitlement

This happened on the street in NY, a fairly deserted street, walking home from the World Trade Center in the 1990’s. I was at the beginning of my 6 mile walk home, and a male followed me about a block and a half, and then started talking about “that ass. That’s a big ass you got there. Yeah, baby, that’s some ass, how’d you get that big ass.”

I believe I eventually told him to “leave me the fuck alone,”; in all likelihood, I told him I’d go to the police.

Such was the entitlement of all sorts of men back then!

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Published on April 20, 2015 at 3:15 am

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Nonverbal Harassment, Stalking, Story, Verbal

Charlotte’s Story: This is my Home

My roommate and I were walking, when two (drunk?) men in their twenties (we’re both 19) were being rowdy around the intersection of Tremont and Boylston. My roommate and I ignored them–city life, right? Until they started running in our direction. We huddled a little closer under her umbrella, but the footsteps got closer and then began slowing down. She stood in front of me, since I’d had trouble with harassment in the past, and shot them a look.
“Hey,” the guys said. “So, what’s up?”
“Are you drunk?” she asked.
“We’re not weirdos,” they said, out of breath, looking us up and down.
“Uh huh.”
“So,” one said. “What’re your names?”
“Nope!” my roommate said, grabbing my hand. We immediately ducked into Piano Row, since it’s an Emerson building and we’re both Emerson students. We were safe there, since the doors lock unless you have an Emerson pass key. We decided to stay there for a few minutes before continuing our journey home.
Two minutes later, the men were at the door, pressing their faces against it and looking at us. The security guard looked to us and asked if they were students.
“No,” I said. “They’re drunk, I think, and were harassing us on the street earlier.”
The security guard told them non-students weren’t allowed in the building, especially not at this hour (it was about 11, 12 at night). The men went away for awhile. My roommate and I had to get home to our room down the road, but were sure they were still outside.
A group of Emerson students, all female, approached the door, with the guys following them. The guys are telling them they are students and to let them in. My roommate yells to the girls, “Don’t let them in!” One girl actually has to push one back with her elbow to get him to back off. The guard calls for backup and two of them go out to really get rid of them. The group of upperclassmen girls walked us home.
The worst thing is that this happened on my campus. In my home. Where I live.
It is not an isolated incident.

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Published on April 19, 2015 at 5:46 pm

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Nonverbal Harassment, Story

HOLLA ON THE GO: A Kiss is a Mis(take)

Man walking by makes kissing sound I flipped him off.

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Published on April 18, 2015 at 8:49 am

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A Week in Our Shoes

Week in Our Shoes: Anti-Street Harassment Week Edition

Hey Hollas!

Hope you’ve all had a great Anti-Street Harassment Week full of fun and badass HOLLA-ing back!

At the Headquarters, we celebrated Anti-Street Harassment Week by rallying last Saturday in Washington Square Park. Check out this storify and this Washington Square News piece for coverage of the event – we had great weather, an amazing turnout, an inspiring lineup of speakers, performers, workshops, and more! Check out photos of the incredible Sydnie L. Mosely Dances hyping up the crowd and of our much-anticipated Cat Against Catcalling with Jerin from the National Organization for Women‘s Online Chapter.

 

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We launched our vlog series – With Love and Revolution! Check our first video in which ED Emily and DD Debjani explain what street harassment is!

We released national data on street harassment in the US! Thanks to input from your sites, our research partnership with Cornell University has produced some impactful and important data. Glamour magazine covered some of our results in their May 2015 edition!

Last but not least, ED Emily delivered the HOLLA! message at LaGuardia Community College this week!

Don’t forget: HOLLA:Rev London is fast approaching!! Be sure to RSVP if you want to attend on June 23rd!

 

Check out what our amazing sites have been up to:

 

Hollaback! Ottawa, Hollaback! New Orleans, and Hollaback! Twin Cities hosted chalk walks for International Anti-Street Harassment Week! Power to the chalk walk!

Hollaback! Bahamas offered a free relaxation and stress management session through the Peace Revolution last Saturday! They also presented at Bahamas Sexual Health & Rights Association’s tea party, partnered with the PRO Society at College of the Bahamas to do an on-campus chalk event, and offered a free self-defense session! Just when we thought they couldn’t be any more awesome -they are also hoping to launch their safe space initiative this week!

Hollaback! Amsterdam and Hollaback! Berlin participated in Stop Telling Women to Smile’s International Wheat Pasting Night!

Hollaback! Atlanta hosted a panel discussion, a coffee hour, and a march for International Anti-Street Harassment Week! Their awesome work was covered in Fresh Loaf Atlanta!

Hollaback! Baltimore hosted visits to a self-defense workshop and to FORCE‘s Monument Quilt at Towson University, organized a chalk walk, and ran a table at UMBC’s Take Back the Night! Solid Anti-Street Harassment Week HOLLA-ing back, Baltimore.

Hollaback! Las Vegas hosted THREE (yes, three!) chalk walks AND a self-defense workshop with Israeli Martial Arts!

Hollaback! Croatia hosted a panel and a workshop on responding to street harassment! Way to bring the HOLLA word!

Hollaback! Vancouver received coverage in the Vancouver Courier for their OUTSTANDING awareness campaign on transit harassment!

Hollaback! Peterborough was featured in My Kawartha for their awesome work! Congrats!

Wow. Huge week, Hollas. Huge.

 

Until next week – HOLLA and out!

 

Published on April 17, 2015 at 6:03 pm

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