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This was last summer (2013), I got off the train on my way to meet a friend when I felt the hand (backside of a hand) brush my butt. I quickly turned around and looked right at the guy who actually jumped at my quick reaction and he tried to walk off as if nothing happened. I followed after him so I could take his picture, he ducked into a pizza place on the corner near the train stop and rushed out the front door.
I had already called my friend who rushed to meet me but the guy was long gone…I got a pic of him though (from behind).
The other day, I was taking advantage of the unseasonably warm weather and taking a run along my usual route. Three separate guys stared blatantly at my bare legs; one even saying “DAMN! Look at those thighs!” To his buddies. Ugh.
We all need help sometimes. This is a college town. I don’t have a lot of money. I get food stamps. One day, I was at the Department of Social and Health Services office, feeling super down and upset because I’m struggling and I had to go in for a review to renew my benefits. After I left the building I was on the phone in my parked car. This grey van pulls up next to me and this CREEP is just staring at me. This old, heavy man with grey hair and glasses just sits there looking at me
Man leans over as I walk past and says “mmm that’s what you want”. I dressed for me, not him!
My girlfriend and I walked towards a square, we had to cross a road. Two boys on a scooter saw us holding hands and when they passed, they spat on us. I was flabbergasted.
Here’s what the HOLLAs around the world have been up to:
Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio gave 45 min lessons to twenty seven 8th graders at Vinton Middle School on street harassment, consent, deconstructing rape culture, and bystander intervention. HB! AO has also been preparing some awesome crafts for their upcoming art show and has seen some of their street art go viral on We Chalk Walk.
Hollaback! Boston has added a new workshop on the intersection of race and street harassment, and shared the reading list they put together when they facilitated a discussion on the same topic. Check it out!
Hollaback! Ghent co-signed the Rainbow Charter against homophobia in their city. It is a co-operation between the City Administration for Equality, police, schools, and several partnering organisations which work for LGBTQ-rights. The network has six main goals supported by several projects. The main goals are: to inform the citizens of Ghent, assemble knowledge and work with experts, raise equal chances and safety in the city, interest for LGBTQ representation in image building of the city, support LGBTQ in Ghent and cooperate with a broad network of partners.
Hollaback! Hamilton has recruited 10-12 students from local universities to join their Hollaback team!
Hollaback! Mumbai has initiated a Campus Ambassador Program for collegians in Mumbai! HB! Mumbai was also contacted by a national radio show at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to speak about an upcoming documentary.
Hollaback! Ottawa has been featured in media and press recently due to a serial rapist in the area, they have been working to contextualize the situation as well as critiquing the manner the police have, up to this point, addressed the assaults.
Great work HOLLAs!
HOLLA AND OUT!
-The Hollaback! Team
I was walking down a street to my friend’s house when I noticed a white car moving slowly behind me. A couple blocks later, the car pulled up next to me and a bunch of guys stuck they’re heads out and yelled things like “Hey girly” and “Where you goin’ baby”, some of them whistled, so I yelled “I’m not your dog!” And they drove away quickly, one of them yelling “Fuckin bitch!” As they drove away.
I live in Maryland right outside of DC. When I was at the liquor store some guy told me several times how pretty I am, how much he liked my hair, etc. it was clear that he was drunk. He then proceeded to ask to come over and drink with me. He came close and started to touch my hair.
He got pissed when I said no and I eventually gave him a fake number to get him to leave me alone. The store owner had to step in when this guy started yelling. It was awful.
I was walking into a grocery store near a Starbucks with my friend (we were later gonna have coffee at Starbucks with my voice teacher), and these two guys pass me by, give me the elevator eyes and said, “Hey girl! Where’s the party at?”
I responded with, “In my pants, but you’re not invited.” And they shut up and left me alone.
I was in my Band class during a week of free days. During free days, we are allowed to do practically whatever we want in the class so long as we stay inside, obey school rules, and don’t bother the directors. Well, I was hanging out with some friends of mine. We were talking, enjoying ourselves, and being a typical group of high school girls. We saw a fellow student whom we knew looking confused and lonely by himself so we invited him to our group. He was a cute but kinda awkward guy who used to date a friend of ours. Well, over the course of the week, he became paticularly interested in me. He started off staring at my boobs (which I was used to from guys so I didn’t think anything of it). He slowly progressed to grabbing and fondling my boobs, touching my ass, and generally harassing me.
I never did anything about it or even called him out on it because he was usually such a nice guy, and he never did anything like this to his ex girlfriend so I assumed that it was fine and just me. At that time, I already was not comfortable with my figure because of the harassment I had heard about some of my friends and was trying to hide my figure. I did have other friends around at the time, but they didn’t do anything, probably because they had also been harassing me.