demonstration, Story

A’s Story: Creeped Out at the Fair

So I was at the local county fair last year with a couple of my friends. One of my friends had to meet her mom by the entrance so that she could get her sweater. We were standing by the entrance waiting for her mom when this older man, probably in his 50s or 60s walks up right up to me and says very creepily, “You’re really hot.” I froze at that moment then walked closer to my friend to get away from him. I didn’t know what to say because I was so freaked out. Then he said, “What, now you’re walking away from me?” Then, just at that moment, my friend’s mom pulled up and we jumped in her car. I was so scared and freaked out because he singled me out like that. I was so afraid that we would see him again in the fair and I was paranoid the rest of the day. The worst part is that my friends had to tell everyone what happened!

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Rae’s Story: “Smelly drunk guy”

Smelly drunk guy decided to take advantage of the super-packed bus to rub himself against my butt. I didn’t feel like I could speak up because I was scared that the other passengers wouldn’t support me, since there were no other women in the immediate area.

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The Movement

Meet Us On The Subway

On April 13, 2013, Philadelphia organizations and community members participated in International Anti-Street Harassment Week. The day consisted of sidewalk chalking, discussing HollabackPhilly’s new SEPTA ads, and a debrief in LOVE Park.

A Fallen Leaf Production
July 2013

A big thank you to Kara Lieff for putting together this wonderful video!!


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Thea’s Story: Time For A Change

Travelling on a public coach in the daytime down the highway, I look out the window at a car driving in the next lane. The male driver (who can only see my head) catches my eye and makes a masturbatory gesture with his hand until we drive out of sight. I feel, as usual, totally helpless. That day on my way to the bus, I had already been cussed out on the sidewalk as a ‘bitch’ by another male stranger, while walking past him (in broad daylight, fully dressed). Last time I was out of town and crossing a street (again in broad daylight, fully dressed), two men in a car driving by threw a liquid out of their window and all over me, then watched my reaction in their car mirrors. I just want to be able to travel without experiencing verbal, gestural or physical assaults on my confidence and my person. I would characterise these as sexual in nature because it is males on their own insulting a young woman on her own.

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Had a car load of men leer and yell “Wewwwww!” at me whilst I waited at the crossing on Gympie Rd, Chermside (Brisbane, Australia at 10:30am on Saturday, 12 July 2013) They then got caught in traffic so I was able to snap this photo of their vehicle.

Contained four typical bogan-type louts.

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This creeper followed my cousin home, then back to the beach where he sat in front of us and was in the water in front us and masturbated. One mom told him to leave us alone but he again attempted to follow us home.

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Thea’s Story: “I am not a bitch”

I cut through a mini park six feet away from a main street, at 7:30 in the morning, to catch a bus, towing a suitcase. This apparently is enough provocation for a man on a bench nearby, who looks the worse for wear, to issue a steady stream of abuse until I am out of sight, most of which I miss but which clearly includes the word ‘bitch’. It is broad daylight, in a public place, and I am dressed from head to foot. Even if it was night, an alley, and a miniskirt, I am not a bitch.

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HOLLA ON THE GO: “vulgar and uncomfortable”

Many instances of cat calling and inappropriate comments yelled on the street or out of cars at women walking. Very vulgar and uncomfortable…

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HOLLA ON THE GO: Startling Stare-er!

While trying to enjoy lunch with my partner, a man at the table behind ours kept staring at me (he was in a large group of men). I slid my chair to one side, hoping to deter further staring, to no avail. I asked my partner to move to another table with me so we could continue our conversation in peace, but I still feel uncomfortable and anxious about it.

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A Week in Our Shoes, The Movement

Week In Our Shoes: Chalking Up A Storm!

Dear Hollas,

As HOLLA::Revolution inches closer and closer (July 25th!!), the mothership is busy with final preparations! We’re SO EXCITED because the conference is going to be totally RAD and tickets are selling out fast! There are still a few left, so if you haven’t picked yours up yet, make sure to get ’em now! And if you can’t make it, join us for our awesome after-party on Saturday!


Hollaback! Alberta was featured in the Artery‘s (a popular live music venue’s) 1 year anniversary party! The Artery gave Hollaback! a space to raise awareness about the organization and the problem of street harassment. Look at their awesome pics!

Hollaback! Chandigarh promoted D. Kumar’s blog post “How to Date a Non-Feminist.” Check it out and let them know what you think!

Hollaback! Chennai shared their experiences talking with students at the Alliance Française de Madras and what it taught them about people’s individual responses to harassment.

IMG-20130709-WA0002Hollaback! Italy took to the streets with their second chalk walk in Milan! What badass pics!

Hollaback! Boston has been up to a lot! This past week they chalked the Freedom Trail (which included daring Bostonians chalking in front of the Massachusetts State House!), and continued their “Introducing” Series, interviewing Boston-based writer and fashion maven, Georgina!

Hollaback! Des Moines‘ Becca Lee challenges music and street harassment themes within, discussing the song “Oh, Pretty Woman.”

Hollaback! Belfast celebrated LGBTQ rights in their annual Pride Parade! Check out their photos!

Hollaback! Baltimore launched its Safer Spaces Campaign! A big congratulations to the Baltimore team!


Hollaback! Baltimore‘s Shawna Potter got a grant from the Pollination Project for her work in Hollaback! Such amazing news!

Hollaback! Philly was featured in an article on NBC talking about their work ending street harassment in the city and the site’s future plans!

Hollaback! NYC got a shout-out in a recent UK MailOnline article debunking myths about reactions to street harassment!

T-MINUS 13 DAYS UNTIL HOLLA::Revolution!!!

 HOLLA and out!





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