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Week in Our Shoes: Making the Impossible Possible Edition

Hey Hollabackers!

This week, Hollaback! was featured in The Week Magazine, NY Daily News, Voice of San Diego, Londonist, The Huffington Post, and Take Part.

At the mothership, Deputy Director, Debjani Roy, spoke at a press conference about the increase harassment of women and LGBT folks on public transit.

Here’s what HOLLAs around the world have been up to:

Hollaback! Boston testified at the Legislative hearing for the Safe Access Bill, which works to reinstate a buffer zone that ensures everyone can access reproductive healthcare safely, which ended up being passed! They also co-sponsored the Supreme Rally in support of the bill, and hosted their summer Take Back The Bar event which was great!

Hollaback! Bmore is hosting Make Your Own Quilt Square! this weekend to support survivors of rape and abuse. If you’re in the area, make sure to stop by!

Hollaback! Berlin’s site leader Julie Brilling will be hosting a talk later today, called Awesome Comebacks to Street Harassment. So if you’re in the area, make sure to check it out! Also, Julie Brilling and was featured in the magazine, Lisa, along with Hollaback for their “Women of the Week” section. Keep up the great work Julie!


Hollaback! Philly will be taking over Comic Con! They will be doing a safety audit this weekend along with interviewing cosplayers taking

signatures on their petition. Hollaback! Philly was also featured in the LA Times. Their comic con harassment piece was the comic con cover story for opening day. Awesome indeed!

Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio hosted 5 workshops at Athens Rock Camp for Girls, including one on media literacy, two on street harassment and bystander intervention, and two on assertive communication and self defense, for 25 girls ages 12-18. They also did did a one hour training on Hollaback! and bystander intervention for 10 folks getting trained to run the crisis line for Ohio University Survivor Advocacy’s Outreach Program for Meigs, Athens, and Perry Counties! Great work, guys!

Hollaback! Melbourne participated in the Wicked Camper Thingy protest, where they protested a company that supplies travellers with vans that has ridiculous sexist, homophobic and racist slogans on them from Queensland. Great work!

Hollaback! Brussels got a shout out on the Stop Street Harassment Blog! Check the awesome article here!

Hollaback! Belfast’s volunteer, Orlaith Hendron, won the LGBT Advocate of the Year for Belfast Pride! Congrats! They will also be in the Pride Parade on Saturday!

Contiune the great work HOLLAs! Til next time-

HOLLA and out!

-The Hollaback! Team

Published on July 28, 2014 at 8:48 am

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Tylee’s Story: “It’s Over, but I’m Enraged”

First I should explain myself and how I’ve come to realize unwanted attention is not OK. I live in the South, where ladies are said to be gentle, and I know they put up with a lot of crap. My mother always loved unwanted attention from men, she flirted back and fed off of it.

I myself am much more modest and uncomfortable with such encounters. I grew up thinking it was OK for the attention and that I should bask in it and consider it a validation of my attractiveness and womanhood.

Fast forward to present day. My sister and I decide to go out one weekend for drinks and dancing with our Dad. Two men join our table that dad knows from the bar he frequents. They seem harmless enough, but one constantly lies to me about his age and agonizingly comments on how beautiful I am. No conversation had.

Dad leaves, my sister and I decide to dance, leaving said men at the table. All of a sudden the guy who lies about his age comes up behind me and starts dancing. (Note: I hate dancing with dudes. It’s gross). I try to move away and he immediately smacks my ass. It’s over, but I’m enraged. I give him a verbal lashing how that is never OK and force him to apologize. Although I did get an apology, I have a feeling he didn’t get the message.

I've got your back!

Published on July 22, 2014 at 10:05 pm

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Linda’s Story: Harassed during a Bathroom Break

On June 23 around 9 p.m., I was at my job supervising an outdoor volleyball game on campus. When I was on my way back to the game after taking a bathroom break, I had to go through an alley to get to the other side of the street. A man said hi to me as I was exiting that alley. I was nervous because he seemed sketchy, but I quickly replied hi to avoid a nasty response and kept walking. He then asked me where I was from, and when I ignored him and crossed the street, he kept shouting at me trying to guess.Then he mumbled something I couldn’t make out. I normally feel very safe on my campus, even at night. However being harassed near a dark alley when I’m just trying to do my job and mind my own business shook me up. Even though I know harassment isn’t acceptable not matter a woman’s appearance, I certainly didn’t expect to be harassed while I was wearing my uniform.

I've got your back!

Published on July 22, 2014 at 9:03 pm

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Patri’s Story: “I Just Can’t Understand Why a Group of Seventy Year Old Men Would Harass a Teenager and Think That’s Perfectly Fine”

I was walking home at night the other day. I saw a group of men in their seventies who said, “Hello, beautiful.” I’m a seventeen year old girl who didn’t know them at all, so I thought they might have seen someone they knew. But no, those seventy year old men were talking to me, and since I hadn’t answered them the first time, they just came closer and started saying, “Hey, beautiful, hello!” louder. Since they kept getting closer and wouldn’t stop, I eventually said, “Hello” and then went away as fast as I could.

I just can’t understand how those men thought they were complimenting me. I just can’t understand why a group of seventy year old men would harass a teenager and think that’s perfectly fine.

I've got your back!

Published on July 22, 2014 at 7:13 pm

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Erin’s Story: “As Soon as I Got in My House I Did Not Want to Leave for the Rest of the Night”

I have probably gained about 8-10 pounds since the holidays, so I am just now getting back into working out, running, and just becoming healthier in general. After the gym one day I came straight back to my house. This was on a particularly hot day (I live in Savannah, GA where it can easily reach temperatures in the 100s), so I was wearing a tight (thanks to my 8-10 lbs) pair of soffe shorts and a loose tank top. As I was just approaching my door a group of middle aged men in a white pick up truck stopped right out side of my door. They proceeded to scream loudly, making harassing comments about my body. I could not unlock my door fast enough. As soon as I got in my house I did not want to leave for the rest of the night.

I've got your back!

Published on July 22, 2014 at 6:32 pm

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