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23 days to go: Jena’s story about campus harassment

We are taking Hollaback! to the next level, take a minute to watch our campaign video and to donate here. We are in the first week of our campaign and have already raised $3,310 of our $25,000 goal! Help us to end harassment on college campuses! Donate today, every donation counts!

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Campus Harassment Tales: Part 2

The Man Who Followed Me Home

BY MEGAN PICKARSKI

It’s early in the morning and you desperately need a cup of coffee.  There’s a Dunkin Donuts down the street from you.  Pulling on a sweatshirt, and shoving your long hair into a wool-knit hat, you sleepily shuffle out the door and down the street to your coffee haven.

The styrofoam cup warms your hands and you savor every blissful sip of the hot liquid as you make your way back home.  You notice that there’s an older looking man walking towards you. Instinctively you look at your feet and quickly walk past him, hoping he won’t say anything. You hear him whistle and smack his lips together. Your heart drops.

“Hey Mami! Com’ here!”

You keep walking, but you can feel him following you.

“Mami!” he calls again.

He smacks his lips together, making kissing noises and whistles loudly. Your heart starts beating faster, it’s broad daylight, but there isn’t anyone else on the street as far as you can see, and that makes you nervous. The man keeps smacking his lips and whistling. As you walk faster his whistles get louder and louder. You reassure yourself that nothing is going to happen, but doubt is starting to form in the back of your mind.

After what feels like forever, you finally reach the corner, making a right toward your house. The yelling and whistling stop. You look behind you and let out a long sigh of relief. He’s nowhere to be seen. You take a long gulp of coffee and walk up the steps and into your house. Your hand shakes as you place the key into the lock.

 

Megan is majoring in Women and Gender Studies with a minor in Philosophy. She has a fearless passion for helping people and is dedicated to revealing the harassment that occurs on campus and on the street every day in New Brunswick.

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Join our Campaign: Christina’s story about campus harassment

 

We are taking Hollaback! to the next level, take a minute to watch our campaign video and to donate here. We are in the second week of our campaign and have already raised $3,235 of our $25,000 goal! Help us to end harassment on college campuses! Donate today, every donation counts!

 

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Cris’s story: Harassment in Romania

In Romania there are a lot of harassment.  Even in front of cops!In a day there was a girl which was a gipsy.  A man called her many many many dirty words, followed by verbal attacks about gipsies.  She ignored him, until he wanted to punch her.  He started swearing about her mother, and how she is a gipsy.  She gave him a punch.  The people just watched.  They didn’t care.  I was shocked.  The most offending part was that there was a guy who filmed it so he can put it on internet!

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Samantha’s story: Seething in Santa Cruz

Last Sunday, my boyfriend and I pulled up to the Shell station on Soquel Ave. after a relaxing day at Twin Lakes State Beach in Santa Cruz. He, in the driver’s seat, sat in the parked car while I stepped out to pump gas. As soon as I shut my door, I immediately heard “daaaaammmn, girl!” and lewd noises from a car parked diagonally across from us. I glared up at the two men standing there. When I made eye contact they burst into laughter, and I angrily shouted at them, “That was EXTREMELY disrespectful!” with all the fire and disapproval I could muster. One man looked up at me and shot back, “I didn’t say nothin.” They grinned and nudged each other and looked generally dismissive. I spent the next ten minutes absolutely seething: one, for the fact that they didn’t even appear to register any surprise or concern when I confronted them; two, for the fact that it made ME feel so vulnerable and angry; and three, that they had the nerve to harass me with my boyfriend sitting in the car! He only saw my angry outburst, and when he asked what happened, it took an enormous effort to not burst into tears while I recounted the story.

Just thinking about it makes my face feel hot all over again.

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Campus Harassment Tales: Part 1

As part of Hollaback!’s campaign to end campus harassment, Rutgers University student Megan Pickarski, has shared with us her college harassment stories both on and off campus. And Hollaback! is going to share them with you in four installments all this week to give the masses a taste of what is a stark reality for college students.

Megan is majoring in Women and Gender Studies with a minor in Philosophy. She has a fearless passion for helping people and is dedicated to revealing the harassment that occurs on campus and on the street every day in New Brunswick.

Below is the first story from Megan Pickeraski’s series Men Who Whistle and Howl Like Dogs:

The Men Who Dwell In Dark Basements

While at a house party with your friends, you decide to walk downstairs to the basement to grab a beer. On your way down, someone grabs your ass. You turn around to say something, but the basement’s too damn dark and crowded to make one person out from another.

Beer in hand, you make your way back up the stairs only to have your ass grabbed again. You turn around and this time find yourself face to face with two greasy muscle heads. They both smirk as one steps closer towards you, you can smell the alcohol on his breath.

“Yo baby, we wer’ just tryin’ to be friendly,” he says as he looks you up and down.

You step forward and try to move through them, telling them to get the hell out of your way, but it’s like trying to move a mountain. The one on your right starts grabbing at you with his coarse hands, the other one stands back and commentates,

“Oh yeah, you like that don’t you. Don’t you.”

Your whole body clenches up in fear as you push yourself against the wall, trying to escape his desperate pawing. Fortunately, only about a minute goes by (although it feels like forever), before a friend comes bounding down the stairs and pulls you to safety.

The grease heads scurry away. You can hear them chuckle like two little school children as they head back downstairs to the basement. You sigh in relief, but leave the party with your friends feeling angry and violated.

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HOLLA on the go: submission from phone app

Two young men at the corner of 105th street and Whyte avenue harassed two women walking by. They yelled what they would like to do to the women’s anuses and were extremely disrespectful when the women told them off, saying that they were disgusting. They drove off in a red Pontiac Sunfire.

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Johanna’s Story: Harassment is not a game

I was in my art class at school and a few boys at my table were talking about later playing the “hey, girl!” game. I wasn’t exactly sure what that was, but I had a pretty good idea, and they were *kind* enough to explain that they drive around neighborhoods and, when passing a girl (or woman), yelling to them from the car as they drove by. I calmly explained to them that that qualifies as harassment and is not okay, but they seemed not to understand. I looked to some of the other girls at the table for help in backing this up, but all of them had awkwardly averted their eyes, trying to avoid conflict. I don’t know whether they listened to me. I don’t know if they continued to go out and verbally assault women from the safety of a moving car, or if they took to heart what I said. But thank you, girls in my class, for being afraid to hollaback, for failing to potentially prevent other women from being verbally assaulted.

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A week in our shoes: CAMPUS HARASSMENT CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES!

Dear Hollabackers —

Our campaign is underway, and we couldn’t be more excited! In the first three days we raised over $3000. To donate or to check it out, click here.  We need your support to make this dream a reality!

Emerald Lakes rocked out in support of our campaign to end campus harassment!

Permanent Wave hosted a benefit show on our behalf! Big thanks to the team at Permanent Wave, and the bands who played including Leda, Young Unknowns, Emerald Lakes, and Cindy Lou Gooden. We raised $225 towards our campaign to end campus harassment!

We went to the Ms. Foundation Gala! I was joined by our board members Yetta Kurland and Kathleen Adams.  It was such an honor to be there — as the Ms. Foundation was our first foundation funder! We are so grateful to them for believing in us from the beginning.

Veronica, Anna from Brussels, and I in the office

Our site leaders from Baltimore and Brussels were in town!  They are amazing, and doing such amazing work.  It was so awesome to meet them.

Keep on holla’ing back! And don’t forget to spread the word about our campaign to end campus harassment!

HOLLA and out —

Emily

 

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Join our Campaign: Margaret’s story about campus harassment

We are taking Hollaback! to the next level, take a minute to watch our campaign video and to donate here. We are in the first week of our campaign and have already raised $2,865 of our $25,000 goal! Help us to end harassment on college campuses! Donate today, every donation counts!

 

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