Mary’s Story: Cosplay harassment

So I was walking back to our villa with my roomies from a convention when every few steps someone would honk, call out their window, try to come up and talk to us, ect. At first I was kind of in shock. I’m only fourteen and come from a really small town and had never experienced this before. I heard “Hey beautiful.” numerous honks “Hey Sexy-hey sexy-hey sexy.” (which kept going until I flipped them off.) and once I did flip them off I got a snide ‘bitches’ which caused my friend to fucking loose it and yell at the truck full of creeps that she would slit their fucking throats.

A little while after that we got to an area that wasn’t very well lit (as night was approaching, thank god our villa was only a little bit away) When groups of men came up to us trying to talk to us and following us. It was terrifying. Thank god they got the idea that they should stop after ignoring them for 10 minutes. Once we finally got to our villa we locked the doors and decided we were taking a taxi/ catching a ride with friends from then on. Below is a picture of me from that day with one of my roomies. (i’m the blonde one) I don’t care if my outfit was ‘sexy’ or ‘flashy’ I shouldn’t be made to feel unsafe, threatened, or objectified even if I was walking around naked.

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31 Days of HOLLA: Hollaback! NYC

It’s the 18th day of our 31 days of HOLLA and we’re looking at Hollaback! NYC!

Along with Interns Sarah, Maya, and Stacy, Hollaback! NYC published “Harassment Is” – an intersectional approach to street harassment. Check it out here:

Show some support for our NYC Hollaback! site at



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31 Days of HOLLA: Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio

On the 17th day of our 31 days of HOLLA, we’re turning towards team Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio!

Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio launched in April of 2013 and have been making huge strides in the movement against street harassment ever since. In May, the team began their Bystander Intervention Training for area bartenders, working together to create safer spaces free of harassment. Recently, Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio has been actively working with F*CKRAPECULTURE, speaking at events and rallies.

Go team Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio! Support our site leaders and share your story at




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HOLLA ON THE GO: Bystander on the bus

A man on the rapidride D bus line heading north hurled sexist insults at the female bus driver. When I grumbled that that was not cool, he turned and made obscene gestures at me for several minutes until he finally got off the bus.

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31 Days of HOLLA: Hollaback! Korea

It’s the 16th day of our 31 days of HOLLA and today we’re highlighting yet another newly launched site, Hollaback! Korea!

Team Hollaback! Korea just launched this December with a strong team of site leaders challenging street harassment in Korea! The team organized their launch party this December 14th and had a huge turnout!

Great job Hollaback! Korea! To support Hollaback! Korea and share your story, visit



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HOLLA ON THE GO: Followed on the way to the store

Two men in their twenties followed me while I was walking to the store. They repeatedly made sexual comments about my body and followed me about two blocks to the store front before they left.

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31 Days of HOLLA: Hollaback! Pittsburgh

On the 15th day of HOLLA, we’re celebrating one of our newest teams, Hollaback! Pittsburgh!

Hollaback! Pittsburgh launched this December 3rd. They had 50 people attend their launch party on December 4 at Verde Mexican Kitchen & Cantina! In their first few weeks, they’ve started the conversation around street harassment in Pittsburgh through multiple segments and interviews on KDKA and WESA, two newsradio stations.

Great job Pittsburgh! We cannot wait to see what you’ll accomplish in the new year! To show some support to Hollaback! Pittsburgh, check out their site at and donate to our site leader training today!


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Week In Our Shoes: Recognition Edition

Hello Hollabackers!


Screen Shot 2013-12-14 at 5.50.11 PMThis week Hollaback! was featured by WHYY, the NPR station in Philadelphia, The Korean Herald and Girls Globe.


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


Hollaback Alberta’s, Laura Alston won the Government of Alberta Graduate Citizenship Award for 2013! Congrats!

Hollaback! Winnipeg recently gained  support of the local Status of Women who helped get HB!Winnipeg team up to take action in the work/consult/knowledge share with provincial policy makers, the local police, the national police, and community orgs as a part of the UN Women’s Safe City Global Initiative. Winnipeg is the first Canadian city to do so. Congrats!!

Hollaback! Boston produced this amazing video (image taken from video above), thanks to a volunteer. HB!Boston also presented a workshop on street harassment to 100 girls at Hartford Public High School, and held a workshop for teen girls at our local Boys and Girls Club.

Hollaback! Belfast participated in Human Rights Week at an event called The Anatomy of Women’s Rights

Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio held a 1.5 hour workshop for 25 students at Trimble High School and are excited to go back next week for the second segment.

Hollaback! Polska signed and promoted an open letter in protest to women objectification in national campaign for safe roads. The protest concerned this film and this comic. The letter was addressed to Advertising Ethics Commission, Equal Rights Commissioner and to the National Roads and Autostrades Head Office (the author of campaign). Their complaint was signed by few other feminist NGO’s and sent yesterday.

Till next week –

HOLLA and out!

-The Hollaback! Team


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31 Days of HOLLA: Hollaback! Hamilton

On the 14th day of HOLLA, the spotlight is on team Hollaback! Hamilton!

Hollaback! Hamilton launched this year – and what a year it’s been! Since their launch, they’ve had their first chalk walk, spoke at the Hamilton leadership summit on women and political activism, spoke at McMaster University’s Take Back the Night, and created supportive anti-street harassment cards for all you amazing bystanders out there.

We can’t wait to see what the next year brings for team Hollaback! Hamilton! Show them your support and share your story at


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Emma’s Story: “Who knows what would’ve happened if I was alone”

It’s Halloween weekend in Baltimore. My friends and I put in our time at the restaurant we served at, enjoyed some libations at the bar we frequented, and were walking to 711 for some good old fashioned convenience store treats. There were four of us, all women, enroute when all of a sudden I felt my skirt raise and someone place their hands on both butt cheeks and did what I could only say is juggled them. I, stunned, pulled my skirt down and slowly turned around. The man who did this was running in the direction he came from and never turned around as one of my friends yelled obscenities at him.

I stood there in a daze wondering what it was that I did to invoke such behavior. Was I targeted because I was fat and in the back, an easy target. Was I targeted because of my skirt? I mean, it was my uniform. I had to wear a black, above the knee tight skirt. Was it because of my clown accessories; striped socks, rainbow suspenders, and over sized glasses? We continued to the store talking about the incident and what would compel someone to do such a thing.

My friend, the one yelling obscenities to the man who groped me, approached Captain America, remember it was halloween, at the coffee bar asking where he was when the assault happened. He replied,” look at what she’s wearing.” I don’t remember the rest because I was utterly shocked to hear this come out of someone’s mouth. I thought it myself but to hear it out loud was mind bending. My friends and I eventually started making light of the situation calling the assaulter “The Butt Juggler” and laughing at the ridiculousness of it all. This was just over a year ago and it wasn’t until I stumbled upon this movement that i realized what I experienced was assault. Who knows what would’ve happened if I was alone. What if he didn’t run away but further his assault? I was lucky. So many women, and men, aren’t.

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