Kayleigh’s story: Hollaback gave me the guts to stand up and say something

Today I was harassed. My harasser thought he was doing me a favour by slapping my ass and telling me how good I looked in my shorts. “It’s a compliment!” He said.
I asked him if he liked harassing women. I asked him if it made him feel like a bigger person to belittle me without knowing anything about me, my opinions, my life. “It was JUST a compliment!” He said.
I told him his version of a compliment was fucked in all directions. I told him that this wouldn’t go under the rug, like so many experiences like this I’ve had before.
He started walking away, I was making a big scene. I started stopping women on University Ave, asking them if they have ever been harassed by this man? None were, and if they were they never told me. I yelled to sisters further up the street to watch out for that 45 year old in the orange shirt with the beer gut. “He harasses women!” I screamed.
He slinked around the corner and away, tail between his legs.

I am livid, hurt, vulnerable and in desperate need of reassurance
This shouldn’t have to happen…to anyone!

If it wasn’t for Hollaback! I would have never had the guts to stand up and say something. I hope this humiliation is something he carries with him everywhere he goes…

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  1. C says:

    You go, girl! That’s so awesome! You seriously showed him who’s in control of your body. I bet he’ll think twice before doing that to someone else.

  2. Luiz says:

    Only a complete idiot would think that to slap a woman derriére is a compliment. BTW, I’l a man.

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