groping, youth

Anna’s Story: You’re not fair game

I dance in a Showdance group that has performances in Cologne’s Carnival-season frequently.
We’re about 14 girls of different ages from 16-30.
This year we were at an event where we would be on stage for several hours, being the background dancers for some of the bands. While we were dancing in the back, some guys showed up on one side of the stage, but because there’s always about 6 bands,we all thought they were technicians. At some point they came on stage and joined us in ‘Schunkel’n. Nothing wrong with that,if not one of the guys had put his hand on the butt of one of our youngest team members and after she told him to stop groped another time. If we all had known this was going on, we would have kicked the guy off the stage. But she later said, that she didn’t know what to do,because of all the audience (we told her: BECAUSE of the audience she should have said something) First of all: We told her, that just because she dances, doesn’t mean she’s fair game.
We tried to search the guy, but he got away to fast. Unfortunately for him: Our teammember had showed him to us from far while he was leaving PLUS the guy was stupid enough to later on post onto the facebook-page of this event (“Who were the dancers with blabla…?”)
Fun fact: One of our girls is also a police officer. She had the girl confirm that that was the guy who had groped her and she pressed charges against him.
I wonder what his facial expression must’ve looked like when he got that letter…

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groping, Verbal

Johamma’s Story: Nadie dijo ni hizo nada

Paseando en el casco antiguo de Lugo, un señor de unos sesenta y pico años, fumando un puro, vino hacia mí de frente y me empujó y apretó entre su cuerpo y la pared diciendo “guapa quieres ser mi amiga?” Me libré de él, pero media hora después me piyó mirando un escaparate y volvió a empotrarme contra la pared. No pasó de ahí, no me sujetó al intentar marchar. Pero era pleno día y la calle estaba llena. Nadie dijo ni hizo nada ante esa situación …

Walking in the old town of Lugo, a man of about sixty-odd years, smoking a cigar, came straight towards me and pushed me and squeezed between his body and the wall saying “beautiful wanna be my friend?” I got rid of him, but half an hour later I was looking at a showcase and he trapped me back against the wall. It didn’t happen there, I was grabbed when trying to leave. But it was broad daylight and the street was full. Nobody said or did anything to this situation …

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groping, Nonverbal Harassment, Stalking

Ayla’s Story: Not so Mad about Memphis

Living in Memphis is a wonderful and terrible thing sometimes. There are a lot of fantastic things about this place, but the sexist and sexually violent attitude that permeates this area disgusts me.
I’ve lived here for nearly three years, and in that time, I have been followed, hollered at, groped, cussed at, and just made to feel like I am “less than”.
This city has a SERIOUS and frighteningly blasé attitude towards sexual assault/harassment and it needs to stop.

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Verbal

Marta’s Story: “El cementerio esta lleno de mujeres bonitas”

Siempre que paso por el supermercado Ahorramás de Altamirano en Madrid, sus empleados me hacen comentarios inapropiados. Después de quejarme a su superior hoy me han dicho al pasar que “el cementerio esta lleno de mujeres bonitas”. Tengo el video. Lamentable.

Whenever I pass by the Ahorramás of Altamirano supermarket in Madrid, its employees make inappropriate comments at me. After complaining to their superiors today they told me in passing that “the graveyard is full of beautiful women.” I have the video. Terrible.

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Verbal

BB’s Story: Rude on the Run

A guy offered me a beer as I ran past in my running clothes. He was with a bunch of friends and looked drunk. This happened by my house.

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Stalking

Amina’s Story: Enfin il est parti

Un homme m’a demndé si je sais où il y a un Resto. C’était dimanche donc il y avait pas grande chose ouverte, et personne dans la rue. Je l’ai indiqué un Resto pas loin, puis je l’ai souhaité poliment une bonne journée et je suis partie . Il a marché à côté de moi en silence pendant 5 ou 7 minutes. Je l’ai pas regardé. Enfin il est parti.

A man asked me if I knew where there was a restaurant. It was Sunday, so there wasn’t anything great open, and nobody in the street. I told him about about a restaurant nearby, then I politely wished him a good day and I left. He walked next to me in silence for about 5 or 7 minutes. I didn’t look at him. Finally, he left.

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Verbal

T. T.’s Story: Ridiculous

Dude stared at me and said some ridiculous shit :/

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Verbal

Kasey’s Story: Dog walking away from those dogs

I was walking my dog around the apartment couple in which I live and two men were in their car smoking. I don’t know if they live here or not. As I passed their car they called out to me saying “hey, I want to fuck you.” And when I didn’t acknowledge them and kept walking, they yelled after me in graphic detail what they wanted to do to me.

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A Week in Our Shoes

Week In Our Shoes: Taking Charge Edition

Hey Hollas!

Warmer weather WAS upon us at the Hollaback! HQ and the freezing cold torture WAS over, but unfortunately Mother Nature has other plans. We’re hopeful that Spring will grace us with its presence in time for our annual Anti Street Harassment Rally taking place in Washington Square Park on April 11th as part of International Anti Street Harassment Week! If you participated in HOLLA::Rev, you won’t want to miss this event. And if you missed HOLLA::rev, don’t miss the rally!

Earlier this week, our ED Emily May was featured in an article called “You Shouldn’t Have To Have A Female Driver: Uber’s Hiring Pledge Isn’t Enough.” The article raises the question on whether or not Uber cares about the safety of women using their cab services. Read the article and you decide. (Hint: it seems like they don’t.) Emily also spoke at Nassau Community College earlier this week for their anti-harassment week festivities.

 

Also in street harassment news, a big wag of the finger to TGIF. The restaurant chain received major backlash from activists earlier last week after they released a parody of a viral video about street harassment. Apparently, TGIF thought it was a good idea to replace the main actress in the viral video with a mozzarella stick and a potato skin. The end result? Basically men catcalling fried carbs and TGIF making fun of someone’s trauma. Not cool TGIF. Not cool.

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Let’s see what the rest of our sites around the world have been up to…

Hollaback! Halifax site leader Rebecca Faria participated in a panel about women’s cultural leadership by the Music Liberatory, and joined a panel at St. Mary’s University called Mend The Gap, about barriers to leadership faced by women and girls.

Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio presented 4 1.5 hour workshops on rape culture, street harassment, and bystander intervention for 87 9th graders at Trimble High School. They also debuted the next phase of their Body Hair Acceptance Project on International Women’s Day.

Hollaback! Bangalore hosted a screening of Girl Rising; a global campaign for girls education with a panel at the end and lead a discussion on the importance of girl’s education in India.

Hollaback! Belfast walked with a lot of righteous women to celebrate women in the Rally to City Hall on International Women’s Day. They were also excited to hear that long time hollaback supporter Ellie Drake was running to be the next NUS-USI president. Awesome!

Hollaback! Bahamas Alicia Wallace met with coordinators for a new community centre set to launch in April about programming. She guest lectured in a sociology class at College of the Bahamas on street harassment. She also participated in Bahamas Sexual Health & Rights Association’s parenting seminar on talking to children about sex. And today they will be attending an all day digital rally, sharing ideas on how #‎YouthWill end #‎StreetHarassment‬. Hollaback! Bahamas is also running a two hour tweet chat (starting at 10am EST 3/20) on how we‪ #‎ShareStories‬ to debrief, heal, examine, report, and offer support.

Hollaback! Des Moines gave a keynote presentation at St. Cloud State University. That was part of their Women on Wednesday series that was called; “Hollaback! An Exploration of Identity and Street Harassment in the Age of Online Feminism.”

That’s all for this week! Holla out!

-the Hollaback! Team

 

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Verbal

Anna’s story: Meow?

I was walking back home from the train station and saw some construction workers installing a new window in one of the houses I was passing by. I looked at it to see what they were doing. When I had nearly passed them, one of the men ‘meowed’ at me. He literally meowed. Very loud. Like a cat. I guess that’s how ‘Catcalls’ got the meaning they have today. I didn’t react, because I had already had the worst day and knew I was going to cry and also because I was in a mixture of disgust, feeling strange and trying to figure out if that really just happened right now. Until this day I get upset about not going back and talking to the guy.

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