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Week In Our Shoes: Getting the Word Out Edition!

Hello Hollabackers!

HBAO Street Art

This week Hollaback! was featured in UNCW Swoop: Faculty & Staff Newsletter, Redwood Bark, Elixher, Ottawa Citizen and Gothamist.

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

Hollaback! Berlin was featured in a radio interview. Listen to it (in German) here!

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

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HOLLA ON THE GO: “I’m not your dog”

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.

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HOLLA ON THE GO: “He got pissed when I said no”

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.

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Ligeia’s Story: Creepers uninvited

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.

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Kaeli’s Story: “He was usually such a nice guy”

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.

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The Movement

Week In Our Shoes: Welcome 2014 Edition

Hello Hollabackers!

On the Catwalk SSThis week Hollaback! was featured in Il Messaggero,TheHuffington Post, PGH City Paper,and BuildingCommunities, Ending Violence

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

Hollaback! Polska began a campaign against Tomasz Guział, a local politician. After the rape of a woman jogging through a public park, Guział posted victim blaming comments to his twitter. After the case was dropped by police because they were not able to locate the criminal Guział began to publicly state that there was no rape to begin with, demanding proof from the victim and apologies from feminists. HB!P then started this FB Event. Guział shortly issued a non-apology to HB!P and HB!’s comments in response went viral.

Hollaback! Berlin will be giving a talk at the University in Halle, Germany titled “Julia Brilling: Alltäglicher Sexismus, Street Harassment und die HollaBack!-Bewegung” or “Julia Brilling: Everyday Sexism, Street Harassment and th Hollaback! Movement”

Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio was featured in this awesome documentary, “On the Catwalk,” a screen shot of the film featured above.

Way to bring in the New Year Hollas!

-The Hollaback! Team

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HOLLA ON THE GO: Drive by Creeper

This driver pulled up next to me while I stood at a bus stop, with the passenger side window rolled down, and had his penis out and was masturbating, and leaned over to further get my attention. He only pulled away when I pulled out my phone to take a photo of his face, but I got his license plate

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Claire’s Story: Walking with her father

When I was 15 I was walking out of a movie theater with my father when a group of three slightly drunk men who looked to be in their early/mid twenties approached my father and asked if he had a light.

My father told them no and we began to walk away when one of the men shouted to my father to “tell your daughter hi, she’s welcome to join us- we’ll show her a good time!”

The group of men all laughed and made crude gestures. Thankfully, my father and I were already walking away at this point, and we did not encounter them again- although they threw one last “sweetheart” my way as we turned the corner.

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Kim’s Story: “I thought I was being paranoid”

I had gone to the store with my mom. As usual, I left her to get the things I needed when I realized this older man was always around me. I thought I was being paranoid about it since I get paranoid easily. However, as I was looking through the music section, he walks by really close and whispers “mm mm mmmm” to where I could hear.

I looked right at him and he looked me dead in the eyes and I ran away. I found some loose but sharp screws lying on a shelf so I put them between my knuckles in case he came near me again. He kept following me so I kept walking the other way. I’m not going back to that store for a long time.

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Alex’s Story: “I was so shocked”

I was working in Paris and my best friend came to visit me so we went out to a bar. The bouncer, who was supposed to check our IDs only asked us each in turn if we were 18. I was annoyed by his laziness and when he asked me I replied, no I’m 13.

He responded by saying, “You aren’t thirteen,” and then groping my breasts, “These aren’t thirteen”. I was so shocked, I just walked into the bar without saying anything or reporting him. I still regret not speaking up for myself.

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