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Sophie’s Story: Taking charge

I had to send this email to the local Waste Management Company today:

“On my way home from work this evening (NB US 23 meets M14) I was sexually harassed on the road by the driver of Truck ****** at 530 pm. He endangered me through his distracting attempts to grab my attention, and those in the lane with him as his focus on making filthy hand signs at me prevented him from safely handling his vehicle.

Please ensure that this gentleman spend more time in the future looking at the road than he does making lewd gestures at women out of the window of his garbage truck. Maybe, you could take away his garbage truck.

Much Thanks”

I feel much better that I got his truck number and I wrote in. Driving is a huge responsibility and when you’re in control of a two ton machine, you should not be distracting other drivers.

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Lo’s Story: “How does it make you feel when someone calls you a name?”

Today as I was enjoying a peaceful walk home, a car sped by and a man yelled, “Hey- give me some of that pussy!” Unfortunately, my neighborhood harasser was driving too quickly for me to see the license plate or his face, much less take a picture. The icing on the cake was that a few minutes later, a different car drove by and two more young men honked and cat-called me. As a teacher, I spend a great deal of time asking children, “Do you think it’s a good idea to call people mean names?”, or, “How does it make you feel when someone calls you a name?”, in an attempt to teach them empathy and think about how their words and actions affect their classmates. If (or when) this happens again to me or someone I’m with, I want the opportunity to ask the harasser the same questions. Of course, I’m not foolish enough to think I alone can change a person’s behavior, but maybe sparking a dialogue is a starting place.

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Carey’s Story: An invasion of space

Today after work (around 6pm) my friend and I stopped at the awesome churro truck that is usually parked on Echo Park ave just south of Sunset blvd. We’re standing at the window, and right as my friend is placing her order a man comes up to me and kisses my hair. When I jump back and yell, “what the fuck!?” he starts to laugh. He says, “I scared you didn’t I?” I got really upset and started yelling at him to get away from me. My friend stepped in between us and told him to get away from me. He started yelling back at us that he didn’t touch me. We turn our backs to him, and he starts to walk away. But as he is walking away he starts yelling, “if I ever see you again I’m gonna fuck you up!” He yelled it multiple times as he walked towards Sunset Blvd.

Hollaback LA where are you!?

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SlutWalk is coming to Mumbai! And press! And a photo!

Reposted from Hollaback Mumbai

HOLLA BOMBAY!
So lots of exciting news; first and foremost, some of you have probably heard that there’s going to be a Besharmi Morcha/Slutwalk Mumbai! So, so exciting. We were just thinking the other day about how much this city needs one. We can’t speak for other Indian cities, but in Bombay, it’s common to see men walking around holding hands and generally being physically affectionate with each other, while it’s rare to see women doing the same. I think Besharmi Morcha/Slutwalk Mumbai will be incredible in that thousands of women will come together to march in solidarity, publicly expressing a desire for safe streets on which we all feel comfortable at any time of the day, wearing whatever we want. We will be posting news and updates on Besharmi Morcha/Slutwalk Mumbai, and are looking forward to it happening! Also, check out this YouTube video made by Besharmi Morcha/Slutwalk Delhi:

Hollaback!MUMBAI has received some pretty awesome press recently; we were on the front-page of Sunday’s Mid-Day  (Undercover Morcha Maker) and as part of this incredible feature article called Manufacturing Dissent. The Times of India Crest also did a piece last week on Slutwalk Delhi and we were quoted in their piece Chalo Dilli.

And just for kicks, here’s a photo from HollabackMUMBAI’s lovely ally. So good to see women on the street having a good time. Check out Kunal’s website here.

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Donations Needed for Slut Walk BMore!

Reposted from Hollaback BMore

SlutWalk is finally coming to Baltimore! This global movement protesting violence against womyn and victim-blaming (sounds familiar!) was sparked by a Toronto police officer earlier this year who explained to a campus full of students “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized”. In response, thousands of people around the world have held SlutWalk’s in their own cities, to assert our right to dress how we please and walk where we choose without fear of assault or rape.

In order for Baltimore to have a great SlutWalk of its own, we need help paying for permits. Everyone here, as well as the SlutWalk Bmore planning committee, donates their time and resources – there is no money to help with expenses. So we’re asking you, the citizens of Baltimore, who care about the safety and security of all your neighbors, friends and family to donate whatever you can spare. $25? Awesome! $5? Just fine! What ever amount you have will be put to good use. Any funds left over after the event will be divided equally amongst local womyn’s shelters and LGBTQIA organizations.

Please Donate.

 

You can share this link with your social networks, too: https://www.wepay.com/donate/SlutWalkBmore

In fact, we encourage it!

Our walk is scheduled for noon on Sept. 17th! Check our Facebook Event Page for the latest details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
SlutWalk is finally coming to Baltimore! This global movement protesting violence against womyn and victim-blaming (sounds familiar!) was sparked by a Toronto police officer earlier this year who explained to a campus full of students “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized”. In response, thousands of people around the world have held SlutWalk’s in their own cities, to assert our right to dress how we please and walk where we choose without fear of assault or rape.

In order for Baltimore to have a great SlutWalk of its own, we need help paying for permits. Everyone here, as well as the SlutWalk Bmore planning committee, donates their time and resources – there is no money to help with expenses. So we’re asking you, the citizens of Baltimore, who care about the safety and security of all your neighbors, friends and family to donate whatever you can spare. $25? Awesome! $5? Just fine! What ever amount you have will be put to good use. Any funds left over after the event will be divided equally amongst local womyn’s shelters and LGBTQIA organizations.

Please Donate.

 

You can share this link with your social networks, too: https://www.wepay.com/donate/SlutWalkBmore

In fact, we encourage it!

Our walk is scheduled for noon on Sept. 17th! Check our Facebook Event Page for the latest details.

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Lisa’s Story: “I’m just trying to get to work”

I get verbally harassed daily on my walk to work, which is from Civic Center to an office in SOMA.  Usually they do things like say “Hey baby!”, smack their lips or make kiss-y noises.

Today, a man was walking towards me and I moved left on the sidewalk to give him room. As he passes, he yells “BOO!!” right in my ear.

Why? Because I’m a young woman, Asian, by myself?? I’m just trying to get to work and knowing that I have to walk through street harassment every day is taking its toll. I am thinking of leaving my job just to work in a better neighborhood.

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Jess’s Story: “We had no idea where we were”

My frıend and I were out night clubbing in Istanbul.  Next thing we wake up in a taxi on a freeway, obviously leaving Istanbul. There were 2 other men in the taxi.  I started screaming and yelling; asking where are we going etc and they all just yelled in Turkish. I continued yelling and finally the driver pulled over.  My friend opened the door and we ran, kept on running until we felt like we were safe.  We had no idea where we were.  Luckily we bumped into some security guard that had a hut on the freeway and they called the police.

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Hollaback! launches 13 new sites today!

Today fifty activists from thirteen cities around the world are bringing the movement to end street harassment to their communities.

“Hollaback! isn’t just an app or a map — it’s a movement,” said Hollaback! Board Chair and co-founder, Samuel Carter. We are now in 37 cities and 15 countries, with leaders speaking more than eight different languages.

“The growth of the movement demonstrates the pervasive nature of street harassment globally,” said Hollaback! International Movement Coordinator, Veronica Pinto. “At the same time, the response of activists around the world is incredible as we see the determination of folks who are fighting for their safety, fighting for their streets, and fighting for the right to be who they are.”

Local Hollaback! site leaders run their local blog and organize their communities through advocacy, community partnerships, and direct action. Site leaders are as diverse in their backgrounds as they are in their experiences of harassment. Hollaback! reports that 44% lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer, 26% identify as people of color, 76% are under the age of 30, and 90% are women.

“If I have my way, these won’t just be the leaders of the movement to end street harassment. These will be the next leaders of the world,” said Hollaback! Executive Director Emily May.

Although most of them are less than six months old, Hollaback! international sites are already having a big impact. In Bristol, UK, the team is working on an anti-street harassment task force with local officials. In Atlanta, the team did a community safety audit, and in Buenos Aires, Tegus, and Mexico City, the teams helped to coordinate their cities’ first SlutWalks, which were designed to bring awareness to women’s right to feel safe in public space.

We are currently recruiting activists for the next launch in November. If you’d like to bring Hollaback home, email us at holla AT ihollaback.org today.

Until then, please congratulate our new sites at ihollaback.org.

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Kathleen’s Story: Dehumanizing

While out with my sisters, I bumped into a guy that one of my sisters used to work with. He was with another guy friend of his and he stopped me and said hi, so we all chatted for a few minutes. This was outside in the smoking area in front of the bar, so back inside, I went to the bathroom and when I came back, my sister was talking to the guys at the bar. When I came over, the guys friend said, “Hey, who’s your friend with the nice tits?” and pointed right at me, while I was standing there.

Compared to others’ stories, this isn’t really that bad. But it still served the purpose…I was embarrassed and degraded, because that guy succeeded in reducing me to my sexual attributes. That’s the most frustrating part of the harassment, how dehumanizing it is. Yeah, maybe I am a girl with nice tits, but I’m also a person with thoughts and feelings, who deserves respect.

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Veronica’s Story: Stop staring

West New York, NJ

I was walking to the grocery store with my partner and this jerk kept leering at us muttering things under his breath. I hoped he would be gone by the time we walked back out but nope, he was there and started staring at us again.

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