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I was walking by myself in a wooded/residential area and noticed a sketchy looking guy with a bike at the end of a street. I turned around to walk back the way I came and he got on his bike and slowly passed me, saying “hey how you doing.” I ignored him and he got into a car, and then several guys started calling out, laughing, saying “damn shorty what you doing.” They drove off and deliberately veered the car close to me. I was scared to respond because I was alone.
I was walking back home through town when a guy walked into my path, blocking it and holding out his hand to try and get me to shake it saying “oooh alright love, my name’s Dan, what’s yours?”. I ignored him and carried on walking which then prompted him to say “fine be like that you stupid frigid bitch”, I turned around and asked “what did you say? Why did you call me a bitch just because I didn’t want to talk to you?”. I crossed to the other side of the road and carried on walking and he said to his friend “wow well she’s obviously on her fucking period!”. Err no, you’re just an asshole.
Harasser: middle aged guy, balding. Made disgusting comments about wanting to have anal sex with me while I was talking home from the office. The woman with him thought it was funny. Way to be a part of the problem lady.
This morning I was harassed and followed for three blocks by a man on my way to the office from the Farragut West metro. This man walked closely next to and behind me, making lewd remarks about the way I looked, how I walked and about being Asian. He was loud, sometimes shouted, and on the sidewalk and at street corners other commuters stared and didn’t say a word. I lost him when I ducked into a cafe to make sure he didn’t follow me into my office building. I’ve been shaking and upset all day.
We’ve got some exciting news for the international movement. Drum roll, please! We released the largest international, cross-cultural study on street harassment. The data shows that 84% of women around the world are first harassed before the age of 17. You can check out the country by country data here. We’ve also had some great press hits on Telegraph, Glamour, Gothamist, and BuzzFeed! Shout out to our awesome deputy director Debjani Roy for her amazing leadership on this project.
Meanwhile around the world…
Hollaback! Peterborough is partnering with the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre and helping circulate their survey for survivors during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. If you’re in the region of Peterborough, Northumberland, City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton, take part in the survey before the end of the month.
Hollaback! Ottawa site leader Julie Lalonde was featured on CBC after speaking out about her experience of street harassment with the military. The Ottawa team presented to the provincial Standing Committee on Sexual Violence and Harassment to talk about the need to include street harassment in our understandings of sexual violence.
Hollaback! Poland protested against “Tips for women” about rape prevention published by the Polish Police. After publishing this letter to the police, the tips were taken down and the police declared they’ll be more thoughtful with their sexual violence prevention messages and will be happy to work with us on this.
Hollaback! London‘s Good Night Out program was featured in a piece by Medium. One of their awesome site leaders Julia Gray spoke about the ways women are perceived when out at night. Great press team!
It’s been a happening week, and we can’t wait to see what Hollabackers do next week!
Holla and out!
A bunch of f***boys talking and comparing me and my sisters thighs while we were walking down the street.
i worked in a high end Italian restaurant, everyday anything I wore I would get hollered by the staff. I felt very uncomfortable.. I am just 19 years old and these men are in their mid 40s and above..plus this was a new job for me.. I couldn’t step in the kitchen without hearing a whistle or someone trying to grab my butt.. It just got to the point that I had to quit that job.. And now am afraid to work in any other restaurants due to the harassment that happens in the kitchen/ restaurant.
Yesterday on the way home from the gym I was walking quickly wearing my black gym pants and a lululemon jacket. I was in no way looking inappropriate.
I was carrying bags ontop of my gym bag as i was having people for dinner that night. As i was walking one way a few people came into my path as they had just crossed the street so as i was weaving through a few people, a large man wearing sunglasses was passing by behind me and he leaned in quickly into my ear and said “damn!”. There are two things, one why did he feel like he had the right to invade my space to get in my ear like that and what did he think would happen as a result? That i would fall down to my knees right then and there and suck him off? What are these ass hats actually thinking?! I kept walking briskly and refused to give him the time of day. But it’s disgusting.
We’re back with our HOLLA-Who series, profiling the amazing site leaders who take on street harassment in their local communities. In the HOLLA-Who series, we learn about what street harassment is like around the world, and what activists are doing today to push back and fight for the right to equal access to public spaces.
Today we’re talking with the amazing Wacu from Hollaback! Nairobi. Wacu started up Hollaback! Nairobi with Class 12, launching back in January. Since then, the site has had a TON of press and on-the-ground awareness, and we’re excited to see where it’ll go!
Why did you start the Hollaback! site in Nairobi, and what inspired you to join on?
“I had one particularly bad harassment incident one day just outside my house and I realized I couldn’t just ignore it anymore, Hollaback! gives me reassurance that I am not alone and the strength/courage to speak out so I can go about my business without being scared i might get harassed...”
What’s a HOLLA-fact about your city?
“Nairobi means City in the Sun.“
Say you’re the Queen for a day. What would you do to end street harassment?
“I would probably put up screens everywhere and make everyone watch a one hour video of how serious an issue this is for people to continuously ignore.”
What was your first experience with street harassment?
“I honestly can’t remember. I just know I have been complaining for years about being stared at and talked to by weird strangers on the street.“
Given that you’ve had years to perfect it, what’s your signature Hollaback!?
“Do I look like I need you to say anything to me?“
We’re all about the right to define yourself. What’s your personal style?
“Harsh and Brutally Honest.“
What’s your super-heroine power?
“I can talk myself out of anything.”
Serious question time. Would you rather have a dragon or be a dragon?
“Be a dragon. Having one would require worrying about feeding it.“
What is your proudest HOLLA-Moment so far?
“Ask me in 6 months“
If you could leave the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
“Honesty really makes things simple.“
What are you excited about for 2015?
“Holla::REV London in June”
What inspires you in this work?
“My Son and how he is an exact copy of me means I have to set a good example.”
And finally, in the year 2020, street harassment will be…
“In the year 2020, street harassment will be on its final days“
A big thank you to Wacu from Hollaback! Nairobi!
Holla and out!
A man in a pickup truck made a lewd kissing gestures at me while I was walking home from work.