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Mobile phones are being used increasingly across the world to track violence against women, although there are still challenges. Check out this article from Gender Across Borders:
A women’s rights advocate in Guinea noted that “some lost their lives particularly because they took pictures; this is a new trend in Guinea. It is a first in our history. Guineans now have access to mobile phones and, despite their degrading nature, women are in the process of breaking silence and participating in circulating pictures.”
The article goes on to talk about the pitfalls of citizen journalism, and how many of the images have not been picked up by the traditional media because their credibility is questioned. Still, these images have started a conversation and brought attention to rapes that would have otherwise gone unreported — ultimately breaking the silence. My heart goes out to those that lost their lives in the process. They are truly heroes, HOLLAheroes.
To read the full article, click here.
I recall an incident where the guy says, “If you don’t like people looking at you, stay inside,” right before I maced him. That’s a ringing statement that he sees us as not even being persons, but an object to control. The fact along that they get violent if their sexual advances are rebuffed shows that – just like rape – it is not about sex, or you, or your attractiveness, but their desire to have power over you against your will. I find no matter how you tell them off, they will come strong, especially if you are weak in your rebuff.
Submitted by Raven
NOTE: Our readers often ask us about reporting harassment and assault to the police. Although we’ve heard some horror stories, it’s almost important to realize that if we don’t report it these creeps will never stop. Here is a story of a brave woman who reported it.
If it wasn’t for your blog, I wouldn’t of had the courage to contact the LAPD regarding that attack along with a groping situation that happened back in Nov. by someone who I thought was going to be a prospective client. I have always been adamantly disdainful of sexual harassment and your blog shows what I have been saying all along: It is NOT about compliments, it is about the power guys get off of demeaning women. Since we gained power in the workplace, etc, they feel that there is a need on their part to show us “who is boss” and put us in our places for daring to have freedom and no longer be their property. Just like rape is used as a weapon, so is sexual harassment.
Submitted by Raven
It looks like the city has taken a page from HollabackNYC and created HollabackNYPD! Here’s how to submit your photos:
The City accepts photos and videos along with 911 reports and most 311 Service Requests.
To include a photo or video from a cell phone or computer with a 911 report, tell the 911 operator that you have photos or videos related to your emergency. The 911 operator will enter a special code in the New York Police Department (NYPD) internal communications system. The photo or video will be sent to the NYPD Real Time Crime Center. Depending on the case, the images may be shared widely with the public, police officers on patrol, individual detectives, or other law enforcement agencies. The images may also been used to identify and locate suspects as quickly as possible, or they may be used to help with responding to emergencies.
When you submit an eligible Service Request through 311 and provide a valid email address, 311 will send you an email with a link that allows you to upload photos or video to include with your Service Request.
This service is available for most but not all 311 Service Requests. 311 does not currently accept photos or video for Service Requests taken by Agency Specialists or Literature Service Requests.
All 911 reports and 311 Service Requests are forwarded to the appropriate Agency and actioned regardless of whether you include photos or video.
Last Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, I was driving in my car down 8th Street in downtown Los Angeles when I noticed a man on the side of me who was staring in my direction. I rolled my eyes at him and proceeded talking over the phone to my brother via bluetooth. All of a sudden, I noticed as he got on the side of me and effectively blocked me from getting into the next lane. Not knowing if he was just trying to get into my lane, I rolled my windows down to ask if he could move out the way since I needed to get into the next lane. All of a sudden, out of nowhere, he threw water on me and blocked me from pursuing him.
Check out Raven’s super-smart article “Street Harassment is a Crime” here.
Submitted by Raven.
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Thanks to the 3,800 of you who voted for Hollaback 2.0, we made it to the second round of the Knight News Foundation. Now we are asking you to vote again. Click on the fifth star and wait for the number of votes to increase to make sure yours is counted.
If you want to stop worrying if you could run in those heels if you needed to, vote again.
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If your head scarf, puffy coat, and winter boats still aren’t making you harassment-free, vote again.
Each story you submit is read by 1,000 people: now that’s leadership. Your stories, your vision, and your commitment got us here. Now it’s time to step up our game and build a platform that uses today’s technology to make even easier to Hollaback. We’ve never been able to do it without you, so we’re not going to try now. Vote again.
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In response to the Cyan Brown story:
I used to use this train station every day to commute to Manhattan and I am not shocked at all by what happened to this young woman. These guys who hang out in front of that train station are getting more bolder by the day. One can only wonder if there’s more to the story, but being that I am familiar with this train station, I don’t doubt anything at all. During the summer time, while buying a metro card, I’ve was grabbed and told “One of my boys wants to rape you” by a group of guys hanging out in that station. Snapping a picture of these guys would probably result in physical injuries or getting your phone broken, so I unfortunately, that was something I wouldn’t even think of doing. Needless to say, I no longer use that station. I walk 6 blocks to the 2nd nearest train station just to be on the safe side. I would not be surprised if the same guys who used to harass me are the ones involved in that article.
Submitted by Jasmine
According the Post, a man is accused raping his ex-girlfriend at the Fulton Street Station on November 13th. The ex-con allegedly pulled her hair, punched her in the face, ripped her pants off and raped her.
As station booths close and the number of underground police are on the decline, it is no accident that subway crimes have risen. Subway stations have become safe havens for violence against women.
We deserve better. Join us at New Yorkers for Safe Transit to make a difference.