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A new street harassment film: STOP.

Julia Retzlaff, an amazing young (18 year-old!!) filmmaker created the awesome short film STOP. about street harassment. Julia has worked as a T.A. for the Bay Area Video Coalition’s (BAVC) beginning video track as well as a freelance editor and researcher for BAVC Productions. We are so excited to see young emerging artists speaking to the realities of street harassment. According to our recent study, 85% of US women report experiencing their first harassment before the age of 17.

Published on May 22, 2015 at 12:06 pm

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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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Nonverbal Harassment, Story

HOLLA ON THE GO: Lewd Gestures

A man in a pickup truck made a lewd kissing gestures at me while I was walking home from work.

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Published on May 25, 2015 at 10:49 am

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Mary Ellen’s Story: Aggressive Attitude

Just now on campus, an older man came up behind me and said “I like how you walk” I turned around startled and he repeated “I like the way you are walking”. I muttered thanks under my breath, hoping he would walk away, but I guess he didn’t hear me because he said “say thank you” and then louder “SAY THANK YOU!” I stared him down and didn’t say a word, even though I was scared of his aggressive attitude.

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Published on May 24, 2015 at 8:50 pm

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HOLLA ON THE GO: Just trying to get to work

A man in a pickup truck yelled to me from traffic about my appearance as I was walking to work.

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Published on May 23, 2015 at 10:48 am

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A Week in Our Shoes

Week In Our Shoes: We Buzz Around Edition

Hi Hollas,

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Emily at her 5 year celebration.

We hope your week is going well. Here at headquarters we are busy bees buzzing from project to project keeping everything pollinated and growing. Executive Director Emily spent time in Spokane, Washington doing a training with the Washington Coalition for Sexual Assault Prevention. We also released episode 6 of our vlog With Love and Revolution which explores our stance on criminalization of street harassment. Speaking of videos, an amazing young  filmmaker created the awesome short film STOP.

On top of all of these great projects, we took the time to stop and smell the roses this week and celebrate 2 great events. First, we met our goal for our Kickstarter campaign raising $20,989 with the amazing support of 572 backers. Second, Executive Director Emily celebrated her 5 year anniversary of founding Hollaback! as a nonprofit this week. How awesome is that!?

If this week has been as busy for you as it has been for us, make sure to take some time this weekend for self care. These kicks sites could definitely use some rest and relaxation with all the great work they’ve been doing:

Hollaback! Bahamas attended the Peace Revolution Central America and Caribbean fellowship in Guatemala.

Hollaback! Poland site leader Agnieszka Biela gave a lecture on street harassment during the conference at Jagiellonian University.

Hollaback! Peterborough had their launch party. They had a press conference before hand & then a wonderful evening of slam poetry, musical performances & a cat costume contest. They’ve also gotten local media television & radio spots and were interviewed for CBC Radio!

Hollaback! Las Vegas is hosting an Activist’s ABCs camp for youth activists in June. Interested in signing up? Email [email protected]

Take a break this weekend so we can meet next week with a storm!

Holla and out!

Published on May 22, 2015 at 6:43 pm

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Emma’s Story: Harassed after the Hospital

I had been to the hospital and was unfamiliar with the bus route and had to wait for about an hour in central Halifax. Whilst walking towards Smiths a group of men dispersed in the crowd were watching me. At least one asked me if I had been paid for it. I was harassed for ten minutes on and off and I felt uncomfortable standing near the bus stop. I dislike smokers and found I could only waste ten minutes in the vegan cafe that I only discovered about six weeks ago. I felt very uncomfortable going to do a bit of shopping. As a staunch Christian feminist I will avoid like the plague the area as it is clearly unsafe. I try not to use public transport at all and I stopped going to Bradford due to the roaring car engines and thumping car radios.

I chose Halifax hospital due to it being nice and modern but it is too far to go if travelling by bus.

Just now my neighbour’s daughter’s boyfriend said something derogatory as I was mowing the lawn.

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Published on May 22, 2015 at 5:29 pm

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