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From our HOLLAheroine Heather Haddon at AMNY:
“Down in the subway, big brother isn’t watching. Nearly half of the 4,313 security cameras installed in the subway aren’t working because they are unable to power up or are suffering from software glitches, the MTA said Sunday. The need to have more surveillance in the system is a priority for transit advocates as the MTA prepares to lay off 600 station agents in May.”
Without security camera’s — the MTA doesn’t have the tools it needs to protect New Yorkers. Although the police say that crimes are down in the subway, we know from experience that crimes against women and LGBTQ New Yorkers, most of which aren’t counted in the MTA’s crime stats because they are classified as misdemeanors, are at epidemic proportions.
To read Heather’s full story on AMNY, click here.
This spring we are launching “Why I Hollaback,” a new series of stories from women and LGBTQ folks. “Why I Hollaback” tells the story of how and why folks decide to take the leap, speak up, and start Holla’ing back. We will release a new story every Monday and accept submissions from all over the world. So tell us your story — Why do you Hollaback?
Great news! Assemblywoman Paulin’s bill to expand the definition of “sexual contact” to include the emission of ejaculate by a person upon any part of a victim, has passed the state Assembly. If the bill becomes law, it would change the definition of sexual contact to include ejaculating on others for the purpose of sexual gratification, allowing police to charge offenders under the harsher sexual abuse laws. Assemblywoman Paulin says, “People who have been attacked in this way endure much of the same trauma that other sexual assault victims sustain. This legislation brings this horrendous act in line with other sexual offenses, therefore extending power to victims to press meaningful charges.”
A sincere thank you on behalf of all the ladies in New York, Assemblywoman Paulin! To get this bill passed, contact your local state Senator. The bill is expected to go through the Senate soon.
We are in the process of developing our new project — Hollaback! — and we want to make sure that it is in line with the needs, wants, and desires of our many Hollabackers! Please take our quick, 11 question survey: Click here to take survey
It won’t take longer than 2 minutes (I promise) and it will help us make sure we are giving you what you need to hollaback faster, stronger, and smarter!
I recall an incident where the guy says, “If you don’t like people looking at you, stay inside,” right before I maced him. That’s a ringing statement that he sees us as not even being persons, but an object to control. The fact along that they get violent if their sexual advances are rebuffed shows that – just like rape – it is not about sex, or you, or your attractiveness, but their desire to have power over you against your will. I find no matter how you tell them off, they will come strong, especially if you are weak in your rebuff.
Submitted by Raven
In response to the Cyan Brown story:
I used to use this train station every day to commute to Manhattan and I am not shocked at all by what happened to this young woman. These guys who hang out in front of that train station are getting more bolder by the day. One can only wonder if there’s more to the story, but being that I am familiar with this train station, I don’t doubt anything at all. During the summer time, while buying a metro card, I’ve was grabbed and told “One of my boys wants to rape you” by a group of guys hanging out in that station. Snapping a picture of these guys would probably result in physical injuries or getting your phone broken, so I unfortunately, that was something I wouldn’t even think of doing. Needless to say, I no longer use that station. I walk 6 blocks to the 2nd nearest train station just to be on the safe side. I would not be surprised if the same guys who used to harass me are the ones involved in that article.
Submitted by Jasmine
Thanks to the 3,780 of you who reviewed project, we were just notified that our newest project, Hollaback!, will be moving to the next round of the Knight News Foundation Challenge! Hollaback! was the third most viewed project out of 755 applications. A sincere thank you from our entire team. We couldn’t have done it without your support.
The next generation of Hollaback will allow you to submit, experiences and photos through a Hollaback! IPhone app, online/mobile browser forms, and SMS texts. The submissions will make it easier to Hollaback, allowing us to collect more data which will be mapped on the site using GPS. The project is expected to cost us $20,000 for the technology alone. Thanks to our partners RightRides for Women’s Safety and the Barnard Center for Research on Women, we have already secured $6000. If we are able to secure an additional $12,000 within the next few months, our new mapping system will be up and running by late Spring. From there, we will be expanding to HollabackDC and beyond to countries like India and Saudi Arabia that have expressed interest.
We would like to wish you the happiest of HOLLAdays and a new year free of harassment.
Thanks to all of our male allies who took the survey. The results are here.
We are so happy to hear there was a street harassment conference! Now we just need to figure out how to score an invite to the next one.
“The sexual harassment of women in the streets, schools and work places of the Arab world is driving them to cover up and confine themselves to their homes, said activists at the first-ever regional conference addressing the once taboo topic.
Activists from 17 countries across the region met in Cairo for a two-day conference ending Monday and concluded that harassment was unchecked across the region because laws don’t punish it, women don’t report it and the authorities ignore it.”
To read the rest of the article, click here.
In a recent report on women’s safety in public transit (found here), author Loukaitou-Sideris, a professor of urban planning at the UCLA School of Public Affairs, was quoted saying:
“The perception that a bus station, train car, parking lot or particular neighborhood is dangerous forces many women to alter their travel patterns. This limits their access to the most basic of rights — to move freely in the public sphere. The situation is worse for low-income and minority women, who may reside in high-crime areas, travel back from work at odd hours, and lack the resources for private transport, such as cars and taxis.”
The report cited HollabackNYC as one of the grassroots groups organizing for improved safety in public transit for women. To read an article in Metro Magazine on the report, click here. To read an article in Physorg, click here.