Hollaback! and Cornell University began a large-scale research survey on street harassment in 2014. The research will be released in two parts: Part I reviews data from the United States and Part II of the survey, a cross-cultural analysis of street harassment from 42 cities around the globe, will release in May. Part I, US-Specific Data, had 4,872 respondents.
The data shows that 85% of US women surveyed report experiencing street harassment before the age of 17, and 67% of women report experiencing it before age 14.
Data was collected and analyzed by Dr. Beth Livingston, Cornell University ILR School and graduate assistants Maria Grillo and Rebecca Paluch, Cornell University ILR School in partnership with Hollaback!
Full results will be available in May 2015 throughout the Hollaback! network. US general results can be viewed above.
For more research on street harassment, see Hollaback!’s Research page.
I was on the PATH train home during my daily commute from work in NYC to NJ. The train lurched quite a bit and people were jostling. At first, I did not think the man meant to be so close to me or that he meant to touch my butt. I inched closer to the bar I was holding away from him.
A couple of stops later, the ride was smoother, and the touch was unmistakably real. I turned around to see a man twice my size. I frowned and move even closer to the bar. I only had one more stop before I could get off the train. He did not stop getting closer to me. Then, another man said, “How about you stand over here? I notice it too.” This man helped me move away from him in the crowded train, and I knew I was not imagining it.
I took a photo of him from behind and tried to catch a photo of him as I got off the train. He got off too. He lives in my city. I took another photo of him from behind with a PATH camera that would have captured his face. I tried to find a police officer on my way out of the station and could not find one.
I was angry and worried that he might mistreat another woman. I was not sure of what to do, but I knew I needed to let someone know. I searched the PATH website to find an email address to send the photos. Unable to find the address, I decided to call the PATH police department. The officer who answered asked me why I waited two hours to call about the incident (I was still shaken and could not find the information easily). I was told I could go down to the station to file a report. I get the feeling I am not going to be taken seriously.
My girlfriend receive lewd remarks directed at her by a man in a business suit. When she confronted the fellow he claimed she shouldn’t be wearing the shirt she chose to wear .
A middle aged man saying ‘I like you like that’ referring to my low cut top up in my face as I was walking through the centre of town at 11pm.
I was accosted by a man on my walk to the market. He complimented my winter coat then proceeded to ask creepily if I really needed to wear so many layers. He then followed me down the street lecturing me that women use sex to control men and that women have abortions because we are no better than murderers. I lost it. I began screaming until cars in the street stopped and the harasser ran away.
I was 22 and walking through the Sydney CBD at night looking for a taxi to get home. It was very late (around 3am) but I was sticking to well lit, busy streets where police are normally present. As I turned a corner to walk down one of the city’s busiest streets there was a large group of about 10 men aged between 18-24 walking towards me and taking up the entire footpath. I kept my head down and veered to the very edge of the path to get around. Just as I was about to pass, one of the men raised his arm straight above his head and a moment later swung it down with full force on my bum. The force of his hand jolted me forward and hurt. The group of men laughed and continued to walk past me. I felt scared and incredibly angry that I had been intimidated and physically harmed – but because the perpetrator had struck my ass it was supposed to be a compliment?
It was mid afternoon and I was having a late coffee break at work. I was walking back to the office after my break when a intoxicated man on the street started to call out to me. He said started to say things to me like “You’re a dirty whore” and he started to say all the disgusting things he would like to do to me. He followed me through the streets for about 1km back to my work while continuing to get more aggressive, I was terrified. I rang the police when I was back in the office to tell them what had happened and they told me not to worry about it, they knew the person I was talking about and this happened all the time.
Today, when I was biking home from work, a young woman was crossing the street about a half a block in front of me (not in a crosswalk), so I slowed down in order to give her enough time to walk across, but she made eye contact with me and started to walk slower. Therefore, I started to swerve to the center of the road to go around her. She moved to obstruct my path further, then stood still in my path, faced me, and made sexual gestures and comments. I swerved around her, trying to avoid any sort of engagement, but then I was stuck at a red light, where she and some of her friends, including a couple of larger males, were standing with her. As a group, they started making fun of my clothing. The nature of their comments made me think that they thought I was a lesbian, based on my clothes. I just stared straight ahead, determined to not engage with them, not wanting things to escalate, waiting for the light to change. A man walking by, who had seen the incident, told them to stop harassing people and threatened to report them to the police, who were visibly parked about a half block away. The group proceeded to make fun of the man’s clothing as he walked away. At last, the light changed, and I biked away. The thought of going to the parked police car did cross my mind, but, in the end, I decided against it, not wanting to make the situation worse for myself. I am still conflicted about whether I should have done something though.
We’ve been keeping pretty busy here at HQ during this Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and eagerly preparing for International Anti-Street Harassment Week! As you may or may not already know, we’ll kicking the week off in NYC on Saturday, April 11th with a RALLY TO END STREET HARASSMENT! The sun will be shining, our anti-catcalling cat will be inflated, and we’ll be chanting, workshopping, speaking, and performing to #EndStreetHarassment. (By the way, check out this great plug the Gothamist wrote for us. Feelin’ the anti-street harassment love!)If you’re in the area and you haven’t RSVP’d yet do so here!
(Also, keep your eyes peeled for updates about our next big event, Holla::Rev London happening on June 23rd!)
Speaking of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, our Executive Director Emily May visited the Auraria Campus of the Community College of Denver to speak about violence against women on Wednesday! Check out this cool pic she took with HB! Denver site-leaders Jessie and Allison while she was there!
Last but absolutely NOT least, we are SO excited about all our new sites from class 12 that launched this Monday! We now have 92 sites and the Hollaback Revolution is taking place in 32 countries and 18 different languages!
The sites that launched on Monday include: Hollaback! Amsterdam (Netherlands), Hollaback! Barcelona (Spain), Hollaback! Duke University (North Carolina, USA), Hollaback! Flagstaff (Arizona, USA), Hollaback! Iowa City (Iowa, USA), Hollaback! Lahore (Pakistan), Hollaback! Panama City (Panama), Hollaback! Peterborough (Ontario, Canada), Hollaback! Providence (Rhode Island, USA), Hollaback Romania, Hollaback! Sao Paulo (Brazil), Hollaback! Serbia, Hollaback! Sydney (Australia), Hollaback! University of West Georgia (USA), and Hollaback! York (UK)
We want to welcome all our new sites to the Holla family! We can’t wait to see all the great work you’ll be doing!
Now let’s check out what our sites have been up to…
Hollaback! Vancouver is launching their “What’s Your Number?” campaign which will be running from April 12-26! The campaign will be investigating the frequency of street harassment as well as the impact it has on victims. Participants will get clickers and journals which will be showcased in an art show on April 30th. SO COOL! For more info on how to participate in this super awesome campaign check out their Facebook event page and keep an eye on their Twitter for more updates!
Hollaback! Ottawa’s “Cosplay =/= Consent” workshop has been accepted for this year’s Ottawa ComicCon (May 8-10)! Also, Maude and Ruby, a new small batch cosmetics line in Ottawa is selling these awesome tote bags and giving HB! Ottawa 30% of the proceeds! That’s so nice! Check them out and get one for yourself if they fit your aesthetic.
Also, while HQ has been gearing up for International Street Harassment Week in NYC, our sites have been planning tons of awesome events for it as well! Here are just a few of our sites doing some super cool things next week (click on the links for more info!):Hollaback! Amsterdam, Hollaback! Atlanta, Hollaback! Baltimore, Hollaback! Berlin, Hollaback! Las Vegas, Hollaback! Croatia, Hollaback! Twin Cities.
Way to go, guys, next week is gonna be awesome! Holla ‘n out!
–The Hollaback Team
I was running an errand for work, and was walking along the side of the street to head back to my car. As I approached an intersection and waited for the light to cross, a man in a car stopped to yell at me. He yelled “you’re so beautiful, do you have a boyfriend?” To which I ignored. My relationship status should be irrelevant- I’m not interested in you, do you really respect that another man has a girlfriend more than you respect my lack of interest? I shouldn’t need an excuse not to be interested. Anyways, when the cat calling was persistent enough, I looked up from my phone and said “excuse me?” with a dirty look. I noticed the man was not alone in the car, but had another woman sitting next to him. When I shook my head and looked away, he slowly drove by and said “You should say thank you when someone gives you a compliment,” and the woman next to him yelled “you’re the ugliest person I’ve ever seen.” I wanted to yell that sexual harassment was a crime and take his license plate number, but no one else was around, they were in a car, and I was scared. I regret not saying something else.