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Jeanne’s Story: “Now I’m Scared to Walk out at Night Alone”

Last night, while I was going back home with my best friend (who’s also a woman), some guy asked us if we’d like to come party with them. My best friend said no, yet they kept on insisting, so I told them simply “no thank you.” Right after I said the guy told me to shut the fuck up, that I was probably some fucking racist, and that I looked ugly. When I asked him what was the point of disrespecting me this way while I did nothing but remain polite he started calling me a slut, a bitch, a whore, a loser etc. And then he started threatening to beat me and spill his glass of beer on me, saying that I deserved to have his glass of beer thrown at my face and that he wanted to spit on me. Luckily my best friend didn’t get scared and managed to calm him down. Now I’m scared to walk out at night alone and get attacked, beaten for no reason.

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A Week in Our Shoes

Week In our Shoes: Makin’ Art, Makin’ Progress Edition

10334336_248586698660657_8881023147779092583_nHey Hollabackers! 

This week, Hollaback! was featured in Brooklyn Daily EagleWFUV’s Cityscape, DNAinfo New York, Young Feminist Wire, Capital Geek Girls, Irish Examiner, and Philly Pedals

At the mothership, we spoke at Council Member Laurie Cumbo’sGirl Power Event, leading discussions about street harassment with the amazing Street Artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. We also made cool anti- street harassment posters that were wheatpasted around the city (pictured). More photos from the event can be found here.

Executive Director, Emily May, and Juliana of Think Olga hosted a webinar about the #endsh movement in Brazil. Also, we participated in the 5th Annual Father’s Day Pledge Against Violence on the steps of City Hall.

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

Hollaback! Ottawa held a successful Chalk Walk this past weekend. Check out the rad photos from the event here!

Hollaback! Des Moines held its Monthly Meetup.

Hollaback! Bahamas signed on to participate in Sugar+Spice, a one day event for girls 8-13, where they’ll be discussing feminism and street harassment with 50+ girls.

Hollaback! Korea hosted a discussion at the Gwangju GIC Talk where they discussed street harassment, shared stories from around the world, and taught the audience bystander intervention techniques. Pictures from the rad event can be found here.

Hollaback! Plattsburgh socked out stigma with the Anti Stigma Alliance of Champion Valley at First Weekends Plattsburgh where they brought attention to the issues surrounding street harassment and fundraised while tie-dying awesome socks.

Hollaback! Bmore is hosting free events all through the month of June in celebration of Pride. Check out their schedule here!

Hollaback! Sarajevo participated at Peace Event Sarajevo 2014,where they hosted a two day presentation about street harassment for students from around the world. They also participated in panels that brought awareness to gender based violence in conflicts and spoke of the importance of the participation of women in government and the military.

Hollaback! Italia hosted a “How to Holla Back” workshop.

Hollaback! Cleveland spoke with 6th graders at Citizens Leadership Academy about how to stand up against street harassment and the variety of ways they can join the fight against street harassment.

Hollaback! Durham and Chapel Hill hosted Hollaback! 919 Screen + Print 2.0 where people were able to print anti-street harassment slogans on pillowcases, shirts, and ties.

Great work everyone! Til next time-

Holla and out!

-The Hollaback Team

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Verbal

HOLLA ON THE GO: Confronting a Harasser

I was walking at Northgate Mall to meet a friend for lunch. A guy stepped close to me and said, “Hey, be easy!” I stopped him and asked him to repeat himself. He did. I said, “Don’t approach women like that, you don’t know what’s going on in my life, don’t do that”. He apologized and I thanked him.

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Robby’s Story: “I am Now Extremely Paranoid”

So I am a 13 year old girl and have had to walk 1.6 miles to my middle school all year. I had people honking at me and shouting out of their cars every day, and it made me feel absolutely disgusting. A little while ago a man on the sidewalk asked me where I lived, and when I ignored him, he tried to grab me. I ran to my house and called the police who, after picking him up, dropped him back off saying he was just drunk and “didn’t cause any actual harm.” However, I am now extremely paranoid and petrified that he knows which house I ran in to.

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HOLLA ON THE GO: Early Morning Harassment

I was biking to yoga at 5:30 am and was closely trailed for a long block by a male cyclist who was verbally harassing me.

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Anna’s Story: “As If He Were Proud of What He Did”

I was biking down the streets of Kiev wearing short but modest white sports shorts. As I was on the road riding towards the metro, a man who was walking with two other women holding shopping bags slapped my butt as I rode past. I turned around to yell at him and he smiled smugly back at me as if he were proud of what he did. I didn’t know what to do though this has happened before to me.

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Jessica’s Story: Pregnant and Objectified

I was 7 months pregnant and jogging to the corner store to get a snack. A man on the street said: “Damn girl, you in shape.”

I ignored him and kept jogging.

“You pregnant?” he asked.

I responded, “Yup!” mainly because I thought that once he realized I was pregnant, he might leave me alone.

“Is this your first baby?” he asked.

I said, “Yup!”

“Want to have another one later?”

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Emma’s Story: “I Hate That This Happens Every Freaking Day”

I was standing on the corner waiting for a cab with my boyfriend and 5 of our friends. It was near several bars, and the streets were crowded. A woman was on the same corner saying goodnight to the man she was out with. He hopped in a cab and kept leaning out the window trying to persuade her to get in the cab, but she said no many times. As the cab sat at the stop sign, another man stopped in the middle of the street and started whistling and hollering at the woman. He made it clear that he was trying to provoke the man in the cab, who wasn’t paying attention. I watched and even said to my friends, “Hey look, that guy is so gross, I hate when that happens,” but I never said anything to her and the man.

After a few seconds the whistler got bored and walked on. She waved at the man in the cab and said never mind I’ll go with you. It took me a few minutes to get it, and then I felt terrible. I know what it is like to leave with someone you are uncomfortable with because it seems like the safer option. I backed away from my friends and sat down on a bench a few feet away. Immediately a large, intoxicated man sat down next to me.

I scooted to the edge of the bench. He scooted close enough that our legs and thighs were touching and began asking me all the usual questions. The only response I gave was “I’m waiting for a cab with my friends, my friends are right there.” He did the usual “That’s not your name, you’re pretty, smoke this cigarette, why are you being a bitch?” I didn’t get up, I didn’t call over my friend or boyfriend who had their backs turned. I think part of me didn’t want them to make a scene and embarrass me or make it worse. I just looked at my phone and at his friends staring at us. Finally I stood up. I hate that I didn’t think fast enough to stick up for that girl. I hate that I was too shy to stick up for myself. I hate that this happens every freaking day and it has taken me so many years to want to work on it. I’m working on it. Let’s all work on it for each other.

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Megan’s Story: Drunk Bar Creep

A few friends and I went to our favorite bar one evening. First my two friends had their asses grabbed by a drunk prick. Later, as we were standing and chatting, I glanced behind me to see a man sitting with his hand outstretched toward my skirt, wiggling his fingers. He was making this gesture to a table of people he was sitting with. I immediately sought out the bar manager and reported him. As I was walking back to my friends I saw that this drunk asshole had started arguing and was bumping chests against a male friend of mine. Apparently in my absence he had hit on my other two female friends and tried to put his arms around them. One of them pushed him off and he pushed her backwards. I ran back to the bar manager who promptly grabbed a bouncer and escorted him and his drunk friends out of the bar. Later in the bathroom the jerk’s female friends apologized to me.

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HOLLA ON THE GO: “I Told Him He Was Being Disrespectful”

A man in his late 50’s was on his bicycle and asked “hey you got a license for that ass?” while we were waiting for the same red light.

I called him on his shit and told him how rude he was. I told him he was being disrespectful and did not accept his apology. He called me something under his breath and rode off as the light turned green.

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