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Great news! Assemblywoman Paulin’s bill to expand the definition of “sexual contact” to include the emission of ejaculate by a person upon any part of a victim, has passed the state Assembly. If the bill becomes law, it would change the definition of sexual contact to include ejaculating on others for the purpose of sexual gratification, allowing police to charge offenders under the harsher sexual abuse laws. Assemblywoman Paulin says, “People who have been attacked in this way endure much of the same trauma that other sexual assault victims sustain. This legislation brings this horrendous act in line with other sexual offenses, therefore extending power to victims to press meaningful charges.”
A sincere thank you on behalf of all the ladies in New York, Assemblywoman Paulin! To get this bill passed, contact your local state Senator. The bill is expected to go through the Senate soon.
It was a hot and sticky day and my best friend couldn’t get out of the house so I decided to go to her house and chill. I’m about a block away from her house when I notice a car driving alongside of me. I look over, and there is a man with sunglasses on flashing a huge smile. Now, I’m already on the defensive because his approach is so creepy. So now he has my attention.
I stopped walking and asked him why he was following me. He says “I just want to tell you how beautiful you are”. So I thank him for the compliment and resume walking. But he didn’t stop following me. He then asks me for my name. I didn’t answer. At this point I’m turning the block and I realize he is also. I start to speed walk because I am getting a little frightened and I don’t know what he is trying to pull. This is where it gets aggressive. The man puts his car in park, gets out of the car, and says loudly “I JUST WANTED TO KNOW YOUR NAME!”.
Submitted by Mahasiah
I don’t have a picture, mostly because it happens almost every night. I work the night shift at a relatively nice, but small hotel, so I am by myself at the front desk three nights a week from 11pm to 7am. For some reason every sloppy drunk (and even some of the sober ones) think its ok to hit on me, smell me (yes, I had someone lean over the desk and audibly sniff me), and ask me to go back to their room with them. In fact tonight I had couple of brothers basically beg me to get naked in the pool with them…when I told them the pool was closed they invited me to their room along with the, supposedly, 8,000 women that were supposed to meet them here. I don’t understand why guys think that just because I’m working at night that I’m a whore…I’ve even had a few offer me money to sleep with them. Don’t they realize that just because they’re drunk, horny and bored that I’m not? I guess I just have “I would love to sleep with you” stamped on my forehead…or actually across my breasts since they can’t seem to keep their eyes off them.
Submitted by Sarah
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This man comes into the store where I work for guitar lessons every Tuesday. He waits until I’m alone to come and ask if I’ve been ‘behaving myself.’ Stay away!
Sunday night I was riding the train home at the front of a nearly empty car. This guy was walking towards me, so I started turning around. As I was turning, I felt and saw him grope my bottom. I was able to react quickly enough to kick him in the ass so hard he yelped. He tried to escape to the next car, but I followed him with my phone and snapped this photo. The station agent was surprisingly helpful and I filed a police report on spot. The police tell me a very similar incident had occurred earlier to another woman by a man meeting my description. The police are looking for this guy, so if anyone sees him TELL AN AGENT OR THE CONDUCTOR, as he is wanted by the cops. He tends to frequent the ACE.
I read hollaback NYC on occasion, and the blog is what gave me the foresight to snap the photo.
Submitted by Deborah
As you may already know, Hollaback is a co-founder of New Yorkers for Safe Transit. In collaboration, we were able to get the MTA to post all the anti-harassment ads and announcements you see and hear everyday. We are building a movement, and we need some qualified staff to support us! For more information on the position, click here.
Was lucky enough to encounter this character on 16th between 5th and 6th who so kindly inquired about how I was doing.
Submitted by V.
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We are currently in the process of beta testing this new technology and we need your help! To be part of the testing, go to the Iphone store and purchase “UDID” (it’s free). Then use the app to email your UDID number to [email protected] (Rumor has it you can also get the UDID off of iTunes). We’ll make sure you get the new app as soon as our developers complete it.
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Last June I was accepted into Progressive Women’s Voices (PWV), a media training by the Women’s Media Center. It was one of the most transformative experiences of my life. Too often, it’s easy as women and activists to sit in the backseat, running the day to day operations but not leading the way. The issues that face this world are grave, and women are still underrepresented in the media, politics, and businesses. As much as PWV taught me about media, it taught me about how to stand up and speak out. With their help and support, I stopped thinking of pursuing media as an “ego exercise” and started thinking of it as what it truly is – the most important social change tool that we have.
Street harassment is poised to be the most important women’s issue in this decade. Each photo and story you submit establishes your leadership in this movement. I’d like to challenge you all to push your leadership to the next level and apply to PWV.