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HOLLA ON THE GO: Witnessed harassment

A man was insisting/commanding that a woman tell him her name, calling her Shorty, while she was waiting at a crosswalk.

This was the first time I’ve ever witnessed street harassment that I can remember. As someone, myself an androgynous male, who’s been harassed/abused/stalked I wanted to help this person but felt confused and scared. If you’re reading this, I’m sorry that I didn’t do more than pause and glare at him while he wasn’t looking, I hope you’re ok.

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A week in our shoes: LBGTQ RIGHTS EDITION

Dear Hollabackers –

Check out what’s shaking with the global movement this week:

HollabackPHILLY’s Director Rochelle Keyhan wrote an iReport on street harassment for CNN!

Hollaback! Gent had a press release demanding more initiatives on raising awareness about homophobia in Gent. They got some pressottawa coverage and received an invitation from the Alderman for Equal Opportunities to come and discuss their forthcoming LGBT action plan for the city!

Hollaback! Italy wrote a post about their trip to New York City and meeting with the Hollaback! NYC staff.

Hollaback! Boston successfully got a company to take down offensive ads on their MBTA trains after launching a campaign on social media and in the press. They continued their “Introducing!” series with a post introducing Lily! They also announced their involvement in a coalition to ELEVATE Boston for the upcoming Boston mayoral election.

Hollaback! Ottawa is hosting a fundraiser at a local gallery complete with visual and performance art TONIGHT! And tomorrow, they’ll be at SlutWalk Ottawa.

Hollaback! Brussels participated in a Kiss In in honor of LGBT rights!

Until next week!

HOLLA and out –

Emily

 

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HOLLA ON THE GO: Whistles

Was whistled at while taking a walk around the neighborhood

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HOLLA ON THE GO: “He just pretended like nothing happened”

Was walking in America Mura with my friend bel. We were trying to find a cab. It was around 2am. Some guy grabbed my boob. Not brushed it, he outright palmed it. So I turned around and said “what the f*ck?!” in English. the guy was like, “sumimasen”, but he wasn’t. So I and pushed him, and he just pretended like nothing happened as i shouted at him. he slithered across the road and started following a girl in a mini skirt… Creep. I should have kicked him in the balls.

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HOLLA ON THE GO: Holla’ed at on a run

White NYC van parked at morning side park on the running loop by the gates near the basketball court – man and woman in the van with man yelling out “hey sexy” and other things with each lap made. Def city employees. Time 755 pm today.

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HOLLA ON THE GO: Howl

I was sitting at a traffic light in my car on my way to the school to drop off my young daughter. A young adult male leaned out his driver side window and literally howled at me. I did nothing to spur this, and nothing in response to this.

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HOLLA ON THE GO: “Bonsoir”

“Bonsoir” appuyés et poisseux, avenue de Lyon à Toulouse. Oui, je vous ai vus, non, je n’ai pas envie de vous saluer. Comme si slalomer entre la viande saoule n’était pas suffisamment pénible. Bande de chacals !

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A week in our shoes: apps, art, actions, oh my!

Dear Hollabackers –

The Hollaback! Mothership is partnering with the Reuters Foundation’s TrustLaw Connect project on some exciting stuff (to be revealed at a later date!), and was featured as their Member of the Week. Also, this week our new and improved app was featured in Fast Company, Tech Crunch and The Wild.

And here’s what happened this week around the world:

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Hollaback! Appalachian Ohio painted a totally BADASS piece of street art on a local graffiti wall!

Hollaback! Boston had photos of three different events up this week: Allston DIYFest, WORD Boston Women’s Equality Rally, and the Goddess Walk in Brooklyn. They also had a recap up on their blog about the day they spent at Allston DIYFest, complete with a great story of festival organizers and attendees being active bystanders in the face of harassment! Their blog was very active this week, with a personal post from Site Director Britni about reclaiming a dress that she was groped in. They also introduced the world to their new Team Associate, Jamie, and told us about The Night James Brown Saved Boston.

Hollaback! Ghent and Hollaback! Brussels will participate tomorrow in the “Rise Against Rape” action in Brussels.

HollabackPHILLY had a guest post on their blog from high school student and co-creator of The Object Project, Audrey Webb!

HOLLA and out!

-The Hollaback Team

 

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Shanata917’s Story: Non stop starer on the bus

There was standing room only when I got on the bus, so when it cleared, I took the nearest empty seat as soon as it was available. Unfortunately it was next to a man who I quickly realized was staring unapologetically straight at me. After giving him a few seconds and the benefit of doubt, I turned to face him, looked him in the eye, and asked if he was staring at me. He just continued to stare. I stared back, but then decided it would be wise to move out of arm’s reach. Again, he continued to stare directly at me. I stared him down again from across the aisle and asked him to stop staring at me. He pretended to not be able to hear me because he had headphones in. I decided to whip out my phone and take a few pictures in case I might need them as evidence later. By the time I had taken the pictures, I got off the bus and notified the driver. He asked why I hadn’t said anything to him earlier. I thought he had heard me talking to the guy, but I guess not. If it happens again, I will take the pictures right away, notify the driver, and contact DC Metro police to file a harassment report. Here’s a pic of the asshole.

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HOLLA ON THE GO: “Gross”

Some guys started yelling obscenities at me from their car in thick traffic. Gross.

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