I was just in here yesterday buying something when the guy in front of me made a comment about what I was buying. I ignored him and he then started verbally harassing me and saying he was just trying to show me his appreciation and that I obviously never got attention and clearly hadn’t responded how he wanted! It didn’t end there. He then left the shop and because I continued to not engage. He was huge and seemed to be losing control. He kept coming back into the shop to launch verbal tirade on me, and the staff did nothing. They said I was safe when I said I didn’t feel safe!
Fall seems to be setting in, in terms of weather and other changes! It’s been a very busy week here at HQ, so let’s get to it:
We had a photoshoot for our new website that we’re working on! Despite the chance of rain, we powered through it and got some pretty good pics. For now, here’s a behind the scenes pic–we definitely can’t wait until they are unveiled on our new website! Thanks to our photographer, Luke!
We also had not one but three new interns start this week! Meet our interns Aoife (HeartMob; left in pic), Suzy (Communications), and Talia (Development and Program; middle of pic). Suzy is a New Yorker, while Aoife and Talia are recent transplants–Aoife moved from Ireland and Talia hails from Canada! We’re so excited to start this season with such awesome interns!
Speaking of interns, we’re very sad to say goodbye to Lucy (right in pic), our awesome, incredible communications intern.
Here’s what is going on with our sites around the world:
Hollaback! Jakarta held their official launch event! Congrats on such a successful event and we can’t wait to see what this new site is up to!
Hollaback! Bosnia & Herzegovina and Hollaback! Croatia got together in Sarajevo for the PitchWise festival of Women’s Art & Activism. Site leader Maksida said they discussed their “plans, strategies and perspectives. This year the festival gave attention to public place where artists often experience street harassment while performing art. We offered our expertise in this field and participated at workshops.” Really awesome work!
Hollaback! Ottawa was mentioned in an article from the Ottawa Sun. The article was about online harassment–more specifically, the online harassment playwright Jessica Ruano and her work, The Ghomeshi Project, have received. Feel free to join Hollaback! Ottawa in an event this weekend on Sunday the 18th called Mean Tweets Live: The Ghomeshi Project where Ruano and others will read the mean tweets they are sent.
Hollaback! Vancouver‘s site leader Stacey spoke at an event at SFU Vancouver. She spoke about safety in public spaces, sexual harassment, and the work that the site does. You’re doing a great job Hollaback! Vancouver!
What an amazing week! Keep up the great work everyone!
Holla and out!
– the Hollaback! Team
I have just started studying in Paris, and since I com from a little town in Normandy, I am not really prepared to face harassment. Sure enough there were guys in my high school who kept asking me out or took me by the waist, but I had “only” experienced street harassment once when I was 13.
A drunk man had taken me in his arms at night and I couldn’t escape from him. I felt his hands everywhere on my body and this was quite an awful remembrance, but this is not my subject.
So I just arrived in Paris and yesterday a man followed me my way to school, very close but not saying anything. I am glad we need a student card to enter the school so he had to pass away. I also had a man yelling at me “hé mademoiselle t’en vas pas” (Hey miss don’t go away) as I tried to ignore him while walking home another day at 9.30 p.m.
And yet a young sitting next to me inn the train back to Normandy kept pushing me against the window, and I even didn’t protest because I was too scared. I saw him rubbing his parts while looking at me but he covered his hand with a newspaper so I couldn’t make sure I wasn’t wrong. When I got down at my station, I felt something touching my rear and I just hurried to go out.
As if not sufficient, I had a class in the amphitheatre today and the guy at my right kept leaning over me, pretending to copy what I had written. I wore a dress, it’s more than 30 °C here, what’s the matter ?
It is urgent for men to realize their stupid behaviour is unwanted/scaring/shocking!
I had taken my eleven year old daughter to ride the trolley cars with me in San Francisco. We were waiting to board from a stop when two drunk/stoned grown men came out of a local shop/club. I instinctively pulled her closer. The first man said, “hey ladies” The second said “I’ll have that one please” pointing and walking towards my daughter. She gripped my hand hard. He said “Come here Preeeetttttttttttyyy”
I had never been more scared in my life. It was dim and only us and them were around. She turned around so fast it scared me and looked him dead in the eye and said “I’m 11, stop it you pedo” they backed off after that, but I held her so tight after she said that.
I was driving to school, stopped at a stop sign where unfortunately there was construction to redirect traffic at a now busy intersection, less than a quarter of a mile from my school parking lot. A construction worker standing, “working”, started shouting abuse at me, obscene and indecent, as I approached, stopped, and accelerated around the turn. With a full line of people coming up behind me, and having left before me. From my car I’m not safe, they treat us as if no space we own and inhabit isn’t theirs to violate. Going to school I’m not safe. They don’t care who sees or hears, because people rarely intervene, those people rarely care, and our abusers know they won’t have consequences. No shame.
Summer is officially over as everyone across the country has gone back to school this week (the weather has been getting cooler too)! Though everyone here at HQ has graduated already, we’ve been busy bees with events, interviews, and some behind-the-scenes work in order to have an eventful and exciting fall!
This week our Executive Director, Emily May, presented at Civic Hall! During this event, she discussed why Hollaback! started and what it does. We’re proud to be involved with Civic Hall and to be able to start a conversation about street harassment with so many inspiring individuals!
Emily was also a part of a panel during the Mind Your Own Business: Cinema Against Street Harassment event. The first day of the event screened Maggie Hadleigh-West’s War Zone, which focuses on street harassment and even has West confronting those who street harass. During the panel, they discussed “what we can do to end this perverse – and pervasive – epidemic.”
Online harassment has been covered a lot in the news lately–Hollaback! and HeartMob both received a mention from Take The Lead. The article discussed how not only famous women, but any women, who use social media can face online harassment and what needs to be done to combat it.
Debjani spoke with WPIX about a possible 911 texting option for victims of domestic violence. She also spoke to Runner’s World about street harassment in both suburban and urban areas. Stay tuned with our Twitter for the video and article when they are released!
Here’s what is going on with our sites around the world:
Hollaback! London was mentioned in a speech by a club owner as one of the many resources the club used in order to make London nightlife safer for everyone. Last week, Hollaback! London also issued a statement about the new Night Tube where they offered their support and services to those who may experience harassment when using the new train service. You go Hollaback! London!
Hollaback! Alberta was featured in the Edmonton Examiner. The article discusses confronting harassment and even mentions a survey that Hollaback! Alberta conducted in 2013 “designed to study the different demographics and reasons behind gender-based street harassment.” Great work Hollaback! Alberta!
Hollaback! Vancouver participated in WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre’s Take Back the Campus: A March to End Rape Culture. This was a “demand that leadership go beyond simply writing policy and actually create a culture where sexualized violence against students, staff and faculty is not tolerated and is dealt with in just, timely and meaningful ways.”
See the video of the event here. And if you’re in the area, check out the other events that will be going on for the rest of the week!
That’s all for this week!
Holla and out!
– the Hollaback! Team
The woman next to me noticed the man in front of us was masturbating in his pocket. I knew his hand had been in his pocket for a while and was ignoring him and trying to read. I’m glad she said something. She yelled at him to get off the train at the next stop and he didn’t. At that point, I called the police. I had to physically restrain him from leaving the station. A group of bystanders helped keep him put while the cops came. He pretended like he had no idea what we were saying. But he clearly understood what was happening.
Since he wasn’t exposed, the cop said there’s no way there could be a successful case against him, but that he’d add the guy to their file.
Watch out for this guy on the red line.
Got my butt grabbed at Slim’s. Unfortunately, there were so many people around, I didn’t even see who it was, but watch out, ladies.
I was walking on the sidewalk and two teenagers were approaching on their bicycles. One reached out and grabbed my chest and biked away quickly before I could react.
Today an apparently magrebi man who was traveling in a train from Pamplona to Zaragoza couldn’t pay the ticket (he needed 1,15€ more). No one helped him. The reviser has told him to get off the train and he went completely mad. Finally, the reviser pulled him out in a village in the middle of nowhere while saying “I’m racist because of people like you”, and “If you are in our country respect our rules”, and shouting “this is how this people has to be treated”. No one said a word, and even a few people congratulated the reviser. I wasn’t there, but my boyfriend was so he has told me (no, he didn’t say anything either). Europe is going back to Germany during the beginning of the 30’s decade.
Hoy un hombre con acento magrebi que viajaba en un tren Pamplona-Zaragoza no tenía dinero suficiente para pagar el billete (a falta de 1,15€). Nadie le ha ayudado, y el revisor le ha dicho que tenía que bajarse del tren. El hombre en cuestión se ha enfadado y el revisor le ha echado diciendo: “Soy racista por gente como tú”, o “Si vives en nuestro país respeta nuestras normas”, y luego ha gritado: “Así hay que tratar a esta gente”. El hombre ha sido expulsado del tren en un pueblo en medio de la nada. Nadie ha dicho absolutamente nada, incluso hay quienes le han felicitado. No lo he vivido en primera persona, me lo ha contado mi novio, quien iba en el tren y, por cierto, no ha hecho nada. Europa está como Alemania a principios de los años 30.