Story, Verbal

Kelly’s Story: “Enough is enough”

I was walking back to my office from the deli after picking up my lunch when some cretin walked by me in the opposite direction, leered and me and yelled, “Me love you long time.” (Obviously a racist and sexually harassing comment which also indicates that he watches way too much pornography objectifying Asian women).
He was wearing a red sweatshirt that had a Business logo on the back, which indicates that he is part of a local crew here. (He should have thrown himself out with the garbage).
I was going to turn around and follow him to take photos but then I realized I had left my phone in my office. I really wish I had my phone on me to take photos because I would have gotten him reprimanded or fired from his job.

And last week, I had two incidents. One guy yelled, “Wow, I never seen a Chinese girl looking like that!”

And another yelled, “Hi China! Shake that thang!”

Not enough people take action on this type of despicable behavior, which is why it persists. Enough is enough.

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HOLLA ON THE GO: All within 9 minutes

Standing at bus corner in St. Louis, MO. Old man walked by me and said “damn you fine”, then passed behind me while I was waiting to see my butt. School bus driver passed by, honked, and stared while pointing at me. All within 9 minute wait for the bus. I was not wearing anything revealing. Often I get harassed while at bus stops no matter what I wear.

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A Week in Our Shoes, The Movement

Week In Our Shoes: Gearin’ Up for Change Edition

Hollaback! Tucson gearing up for their upcoming events for
International Anti-Street Harassment Week

Hello Hollabackers! 

This week, Hollaback! was featured in Ottawa Community News, Ottawa Sun (twice!), The Guardian, and WNYC.

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

Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio did a self defense class for the women at Southeast Ohio Regional Jail and presented to an Ohio University Cultural Diversity in Education Class. They also completed their training with Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery, certifying  them as HB! Appalachian Ohio’s second Safer Space.

Hollaback! Baltimore had a “Street Harassment 101” Seminar at Anne Arundel Community College.

Hollaback! Boston did a workshop at Emerson College, and will be on today’s 103.3 FM’s morning show, The TJ Show, promoting their work and Anti-Street Harassment Week events.

Hollaback! Brussels held a “Café-Brainstorm: ‘This is a Safe space’ Chalk Walk” event to help organize their upcoming creative walk on April 5th. They also turned 2 as of Monday! Happy birthday, Hollaback! Brussels!

Hollaback! London was on BBC World Service and Reprezent Radio, talking about harassment in clubs and pubs. This week HB! London was also contributing to some research called ‘How can nonviolent grassroots networks transform insecurity?’ being carried out by Bristol University’s Global Insecurities Centre. And last but not least, HB! London attended a Dalston PubWatch meeting where they spoke about Good Night Out!

Hollaback! Philly was selected as a finalist for the 3rd annual Avon Communications Awards: Speaking Out About Violence Against Women for its outstanding work on an anti-street harassment campaign to bring attention to the need to end violence against women. Awesome work, HB! Philly!

March 30th – April 5th is International Anti-Street Harassment Week! Make sure to check out your local Hollaback! site to get involved in all the amazing events coming up in your community!

Til next week-

HOLLA and out!

- The Hollaback! Team

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Story, Verbal

Lolita’s Story: “I never forget”

I work in a restaurant everyday. That’s why when i come home it’s already late and night has fallen
I take the metro and many young boys shout at me.
I was very surprised when i turned around and i saw their childhish faces.
They insulted me. I told them that i was more older and that they can’t talking to the girl like that.
I follow my road and i never forget that in every age, we can be a victim or a protagonist of street harassment.

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Justine’s Story: Stop!

One day in the subway, a man came to me. He asked me my first name, I have not answered him. He began to say to the other men in the metro, “Do not tell him I not laugh.” Shocked I tell him to stop! He insults me by saying “bitch” I have girls like you all day and they have earned me money!

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Stalking, Story

Valentine’s Story: Subway Stalker

It happend one day I left work, when I was walking back home.
I was waiting for the subway, when I realized that one weird man was looking at me.
I had this strange feeling with that man and I forbide myself to look at him. I decided to ignore him.
Then came the subway, I came in and I saw the same man sitting next to me. I had two stations until my place.
At the next station I decided to get out of the subway and wait an other one. What I realized when I was waiting for the subway is that the weird man get out too and he was waiting like me.
I was pretty sure the guy followed me. Another subway arrived and I went in. I get out at my station (the same guy behind me). I was scared. Right outside the subway station, I saw three persons who seem to be my age, I ran to them and I asked them to pretend to be people I knew. To feel safe with a group. I looked at the weird guy and he saw that I was with people, he smiled at me and he went back into the subway station.

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HOLLA ON THE GO: “No one said anything”

I was walking to class when I reached the 12th and Jefferson bus stop. Two men were blockig the sidewalk behind the bus stop shelter, and there was a crowd of people in front of it. I walked by and they immediately started looking me up and down, whistling, making gross kissing noises, and catcalling. No one said anything. I looked at them and said “don’t talk to me.” One started to follow me to class and I called the campus public safety. I was victim-blamed for being “a beautiful woman.”

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Verbal

HOLLA ON THE GO: It’s not for you

First week of college and a group of guys told me I was “looking fine” as I walked by. I said it wasn’t for them.

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The Movement

Week In Our Shoes: Protesting with Peace Edition

Hello Hollabackers!

This week, Hollaback! was featured in XO JaneFrench Cosmopolitan, DigBoston, Letters for Little Ones, Power Talk Radio, and WNYC.

At the Mothership, a training was held with a group of parents in the South Bronx and we toasted to safer streets to everyone at Wednesday’s Girls Pint Out Inaugural Event to Benefit Hollaback!

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

Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio held an art party at their first safer space, Donkey Coffee, in which the community was invited to come make art with them for their April Art show at Casa Nueva. They also screened their short documentary, On The Catwalk, at the Ohio University International Women’s Day Celebration, made art with the women at Southeast Ohio Regional Jail for their art show, and held a Self Defense workshop for the women at Rural Women’s, a drug rehab facility. Finally, they held a 1.5 hour workshop on Hollaback!, Rape Culture, Victim Blaming, and Bystander Intervention in a Cultural Anthropology class at Ohio University. There were about 40 students. Way to go HB! Appalachian Ohio!

Hollaback! Bahamas joined together with the Bahamas Against Sexual Violence and Child Abuse and Citizens for a Better Bahamas in starting this “Violence is Not Funny” petition. The petition requests that the Member of Parliament formally addresses the nation with regard to his inappropriate violent comments (mentioned in last week’s edition) and for specific action to be taken against domestic violence and violence against women in the Bahamas. On Wednesday, concerned citizens, HB! Bahamas, and the organizations they’re collaborating with, came together to peacefully protest. Also, Alicia Wallace, Director of Hollaback! Bahamas, was a special guest on Power Talk Radio yesterday afternoon.

Hollaback! Baltimore hosted an Offline Coffee & Chat to talk with some of their kick ass supporters in person and bond over a warm cup of coffee (yum).

Hollaback! Boston were asked to pen a response piece for DigBoston, a local paper they criticized for their insensitive cover art that made light of the “upskirting” issue that was just dealt with in Massachusetts. Also, their first first queer bar takeover is tonight!

Hollaback! Brussels got a shout-out in the French Cosmopolitan due to some awesome anti street harassment art that was inspired by their Tips on How to Respond to Street Harassment.

Hollaback! Edinburgh presented a workshop titled “Challenging Street Harassment, Smashing Rape Culture” at a Challenging Everyday Sexism event.

Hollaback! Polska was mentioned on Radio Gdańsk S.A. audition concerning “Manifa” in Gdańsk (its annual march celebrating Women’s Day which takes place in many cities in Poland under that name) on last Saturday evening. They have also been encouraging their community to protest against a misogynist “design” in one of the clubs in Gdańsk.

Til next week-

HOLLA and out!

- The Hollaback! Team

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Grace’s Story: Telling It Like It Is

Drunk guy in bar harassing my friends. Friends looked at their shoes and tried to stop interaction by not responding. Drunk guy touched my friend inappropriately. I turned him around by his shoulder and grabbed his hand.

Me: Hey man, what’s your name?
Him: ____.
Me: Nice to meet you, ___.
Him: I like you. You’re nice to me. They’re being ******.
Me: No, you’re just bothering them and they don’t like it. So you need to stop that now.
Him: Let me show you a picture.
Me: No, I don’t need to see that. You need to go away or I’m telling someone to get you out of here.

Interaction stopped! Did I have to see a cell phone picture of his junk in order to get him to go away? Yes. Did any other larger, more capable, male-gendered (therefore viewed as more threatening and worthier of respect) person in the bar – of which there were PLENTY – try and help me out? No!
But did the guy go away and stop touching my friends?
YES.
Yes he did.

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