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“Hey sexy” as I walked by.
On the fourth day of our 31 days of HOLLA campaign, we’re highlighting the amazing work of team Hollaback! Fredericksburg.
This year alone, Hollaback! Fredericksburg has co-hosted two film screenings of “Half the Sky” with a local teen group (GIRL: Girls in Real Life), featuring a panel of badass individuals who work in local rape crisis, dv, and youth empowerment organizations to discuss gender based violence and the impact on our own community.
During International Anti-Street Harassment Week, Hollaback! Fredericksburg organized an Anti-Slut Shaming/ Anti-Style Shaming photo campaign. They participated in their local universities, and Kana participated in the first HOLLA::Revolution to discuss gender violence interventions within music therapy.
Go Hollaback! Fredericksburg!
On the third day of our 31 days of HOLLA, join us in sending a big thank you to the team of Hollaback! Chennai!
Hollaback! Chennai has had an amazing year. Their highlight for 2013 was the ‘Hollaback! Fridays‘ event series at Distil, a local nightspot, which featured local women-fronted bands over five weeks. The management at Distil distributed Hollaback! Chennai’s handouts on street harassment with every bill, and donated a part of their proceeds to the group.
Other highlights include the workshops they conducted on street harassment at local colleges as part of Hollaback! Chennai’s public education initiative, and reaching out to new audiences by speaking to students (both men and women of all ages) at the Alliance Française de Madras, a French language institute.
In addition, Hollaback! Chennai kicked off their ‘Safer Spaces’ campaign (inspired by Hollaback! Baltimore’s amazing work) just last week, through which they’ve called on local businesses to pledge zero tolerance to sexual harassment on their premises. As of today, they’ve had two businesses join then, and they’re just getting started.
As a result of their expanded efforts, they’ve received a fair amount of press coverage in Chennai this year. Finally, the Hollaback! Chennai team asked people wherever they went to complete the sentence ‘I Hollaback! because…’ in their own words. The team posted photos of their responses on their website and Facebook page.
Send Hollaback! Chennai your support on their page at chennai.ihollaback.org
On the second day of our 31 days of HOLLA, the spotlight is on Hollaback! Baltimore!
This year, Hollaback! Baltimore launched their “Safer Spaces” campaign. Partnering directly with music venues, cafes, bars, and more, they worked together to provide training and street-harassment free environments in their city.
Find out more about HB Baltimore’s Safer Spaces Campaign on their site at bmore.ihollaback.org!
This December, Hollaback! is honoring our site leaders with the 31 days of HOLLA. Each day of the month, we’ll highlight the work of one of our amazing sites around the world.
Who’s our HOLLAhero for December 1st? Hollaback! Dublin!
In Hollaback! Dublin’s first year they’ve blown us away: marching in Dublin Pride, traveling to NYC for HOLLA::Revolution, generating major national and regional press, and celebrating their first birthday! Send them some love at dublin.ihollaback.org!
Here’s what the HOLLAs around the world have been up to:
has been busy consulting across the sites on safer spaces and workshops for high school audiences this week. They also received a package of 100 of Hollaback: Red, Yellow, Blue – HollabackPHILLY’s Anti-Street Harassment Comic Book and are preparing to give them away strategically to get some great conversations started!
Hollaback! Polska took action in a protest against the national TV program broadcasted on Polish National Television (TVP) this week. “Action Movie,” a program following a range of police activities throughout a night shift clearly overstepped boundaries by featuring an attempted rape victim – completely in shock, testifying to the police that she just wants to go home and forget the event. The program neglected to protect her identity to an appropriate amount. Due to this, the following day 1500 signatures were collected, petitioning TVP to take responsibility for their actions. TVP made a non-apology on Wednesday, which was received non-well. HB!Polska collaborated with the individual who started the petition to make another petition demanding a sincere apology and asking institutions responsible for human rights and equality in Poland, in the Polish police, as well as institutions responsible for ethics on media to take immediate action. HB! Polska has also written an official letter signed by NGOs working for equality and against gender-biased violence to TVP. Good luck!!
Hollaback! Czech Republic’s Gail Whitmore was interviewed this week on the Czech standard of adhering to gender by segregating toy stores into pink and blue.
Keep up the good work HOLLAs!
HOLLA and out!
-The Hollaback! Team
I was walking across the street and I heard someone yelling from a car up ahead. A man in the passenger street very hatefully screamed suck my dick and then they sped off honking at slow cars at the intersection ahead. At first I though someone had cut them off they were yelling so hatefully but I realized it was me when there was no one else around. I feel humiliated and dirty. I’ve had men say gross things or just call at me, but never like that. How can someone think it is funny, yelling at an innocent young woman just walking to the store? I don’t understand it.
So, I have been thinking about this thing for a while, and I actually didn’t realize how big of an issue it had been with me until I took some time off thinking about it.
There has been this one time, among many others to be honest, which has really tampered with my confidence of walking around at night.
It was during spring, I was going back home with a friend (also a girl) after a couple of drinks out, but was not wearing anything particularly showy and it wasn’t really late either. The area we were walking in was kind of famous for being a quite safe area to walk around, so we didn’t think much of having to walk back.
As we are chatting I noticed this guy on a bike riding past us and openly staring at me and my friend. Now as it is quite common to get stared at in Japan, I didn’t make much of it. After another ten minutes the same guy passes again, but then again, I was a little bit on the tipsy side I guess, and generally being quite self-confident I don;t mind these kind of things very much.
But when after another couple of minutes the same guy comes back from behind me on the pavement and gropes me real hard before rushing away I was left in shock for a while.
I had never experience harassment in a physical way, and was was taken aback by what had just happened. I felt like crying and screamed back at the guy who had already ran away. My friend had not witnessed any of it until my scream. She asked me whether I wanted to stop in one of those 24/7 convenience stores, but I just said I wanted to go home.
After this incident, it came quite easily to joke about it. Everyone was just saying it must have been my “popularity” or stuff like that, and I was playing along.
Until I realized that because of this experience, and some others I had later in the future, I feel very defensive walking in an area with people I don’t know, and in particular I feel defensive of men in general.
I don’t understand why we should be made to feel in this way and also why it seems to be a matter of course to take these things lightly. I want to feel safe when walking around by myself, without anyone creeping up on me from behind touching as they please.
This is just one of the many times a guy has felt he could make a disgusting comment or “invitation” to me, but it’s the one that shook me up most. Walking home in broad daylight a guy in his mid-late 20’s pulled up in his car and said “Excuse me?” Thinking he was lost I stepped toward the car but took a few steps back (just in case).
The man proceeded to say “You look like a friend of mine. Let me give you a ride?” Was he serious? I looked like someone, so I would jump in his car?? Politely and firmly declining I started walking away.
He then yelled “WOULD BANG THAT” and when I didn’t reply he yelled “FRIGID BITCH” and slowly drove away after I ducked down a residential side street. Was holding my breath as every guy on his own in a similar car drove past until I made my way home.
Last week I was coming from work at 8 pm and I walked trough the park in the center of my city. It’s almost summer so it was full of people, yet this guy (I think he was my age) told me it was “dangerous for a beautiful girl like me to be alone.” I just kept walking so he would leave me alone, but he followed me for five blocks asking me for my number, wanting to know if I was single, if the food I was carrying was enough for him too and offering himself to be my bodyguard.
I told him that I was not interested, yet he insisted and I told him to leave me alone, he said “don’t be so rude, I just wanted to get to know you” Then I started crying until I finally got to a store that was open and he just went away.
So after this traumatic experience when all I could think while it was happening was “he’s going to rape me or murder me”, I went to Facebook the next day because I needed to talk about it and maybe get some support. I wrote “So yesterday this guy followed me for five blocks after work, why some people can’t accept ‘no’ for an answer? I never had been so scared in my life” and I received answers (all from girls) like “I feel so lucky that I’m not attractive”, “you’re a heartbreaker” “you should have gave him a wrong number and problem solved” and when I responded and said I felt threathened, some “friend” told me I was exaggerating, it wasn’t that big of a deal.
It was a big deal for me, even tho I (like pretty much every female) have been dealing with this since I was 11. I have social anxiety and this is the kind of thing that I just can’t face and I would really like to end forever.