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A few years ago I was employed at a clothing store in Seattle, WA. One night I was towards the back of the store straightening the rack of women’s lingerie when I felt a man standing very close to me. I moved to another part of the store when I felt him near me again. I tried to ignore my feelings and stay put. I then looked down and saw him on the ground, his head between my legs looking up my dress. I kicked him hard in the throat and he ran away. I called the police and they didn’t show.
Dear Hollabackers —
HAPPY NEW YEAR! First and foremost, we want to big a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who donated in our December campaign. We raised $10,000 to help us achieve our big goals in 2013, including:
We’re still looking for additional funding for these projects, so if you know of anyone who would be interested in supporting us, please let us know! Otherwise, without further ado, here are our site updates:
Hollaback Jacksonville was featured in the JD news! “Street harassment happens everywhere,” Kari Raack, founder of Hollaback! Jacksonville said. “Hollaback! is a platform for men and women to have a way to ‘hollaback’ at the people who have committed street harassment against them.”
Hollaback Pathenkot published a letter to the editor in response to the recent rang rape and murder in India that has result in widespread protest. Site leader PAAYAS PANDIT writes, “The Delhi incident just goes to highlight the barbarism that prevails in our society. It would not be wrong to say that India has become a thoroughly uncivilised, patriarchal society.”
Hollaback Chandigarh launched the Pledge Project in response to the gang rape in Delhi. “It’s the pledge to speak up when we see a woman being harassed on the streets. We pledge to intervene when a woman is being raped/assaulted, pledge to simply dial 100 or 1091 to save a woman’s life and dignity,” says Rubina Singh. The project has already received over 500 pledges and was covered in the Indian Express, the Hindustan Times, and the Daily Post India. Hollaback was also cited in the Times of India article, “‘Men’s psychological troubles spur harassment of women on streets.”
Hollaback Dublin had a launch party and took super cute photos!
Last but not least, something fun for the new year from our site leader Julie Lalonde in Ottawa: the intro to this super-fun Scissor Sisters song starts off talking about harassment on public transportation.
It’s 2013: Let’s have KIKI!
HOLLA and out —
Walking around through town, some guy looks me up and down. I looked at the ground and he walks off shouting “cheer up”. I was cheerful before he turned up!
“I realized there were no organizations or groups addressing street harassment particularly and that this was an issue that many people would talk about but had no clear way of responding to. Working for Hollaback! means that I can help provide a safe space for people who feel uncomfortable in public spaces due to harassment, a space that was not available before.” – Gabriela Amancaya
Site Leader Gabriela Amancaya launched AtréveteDF to raise awareness about street harassment and to create a space for constructive dialogue about the issue. She is proud to report that, since the site launch and the local SlutWalk, more people are breaking the silence and discussing their experiences of street harassment. Gabriela notes the importance of media coverage and social networking in the site’s growth, but she is most excited about the person-to-person connections she has made through Hollaback!. Gabriela notes, “The people who write to us are grateful to have a space where they can find and share information about street harassment. I think that is the main goal: to get people to feel comfortable, involved, talking about the subject, and eager to participate [in the discussion.]” In addition to reaching out to community members, Gabriela has built relationships with local organizations that focus on youth, gender and sexual and reproductive rights.
If you’ve already donated, THANK YOU!
If you haven’t yet donated, THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SUPPORT! (donate now!)
Today is the last day! THANK YOU for your support, it’s so important to our success.
“I learned so much about the movement and was completely captivated. It didn’t take long for me to throw in as much energy as I could spare, which included joining the board and bringing the movement to my current city, Philadelphia.” –Rochelle Keyhan
HollabackPHILLY’s site launch in the summer of 2011 and subsequent press coverage led to invitations by community members and schools to speak about the anti-street harassment movement. In the past year, Site Leader Rochelle Keyhan describes community screenings of film “Walking Home” with creator and director Naula Cabral as one of the key elements sparking dialogue on the issue. Larger events included canvassing West and North Philadelphia with a group of local activists for Anti-Street Harassment Week 2012, meeting with officials from the Mayor’s Office to discuss a collaborative effort at making Philadelphia’s streets safer for its women and LGBTQ community members, and hosting a film screening and panel discussion on Human Trafficking in partnership with PA Senator Leach’s office, including panelists from local service organizations and the Philadelphia branch of Homeland Security.
HollabackPHILLY, along with Nuala Cabral, also hosted a workshop for buildOn.org’s Alternative Spring Break where high school students committed 40 hours over their spring break to do community service. The teens who attended the Hollaback! workshop created an anti-street harassment PSA based on their own personal experiences with street harassment. In August, Site Leader, Rochelle Keyhan was a guest on Yetta Kurland Live, an NYC-Based talk radio show, with David Badash, talking about “Rape, Rights & Republicans”. Keyhan was also highlighted in Philly Daily News’ “Chillin’ Wit’” weekly feature.
When HollabackPHILLY sought funding for anti-harassment subway advertisements, the advertising company responsible for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) advertisements agreed to double the advertisement space if HollabackPHILLY was granted the funds for which they applied. HollabackPHILLY successfully secured a grant from Up The River Endeavors, but were still far from their target goal. Luckily, three of the other Hollaback! sites that received funding contributed some of their earnings and the subway anti-harassment project was utlimately made possible!
“To us, street harassment is a kind of code. It’s a code that means the same thing regardless of whether its spoken with grabs, gropes or leers, close whispers or faraway shouts. What Hollaback does, both here in London and across the world, is unscramble this code completely, laying bare what it really means and thus tuning everybody in to the unique frequency of being a woman or LGBTQ person on the street, so that together we can confront and challenge this behaviour head-on.” – Bryony Beynon
Julia Gray and Bryony Beynon started a Hollaback! site in their area because, in their own words, “we realised that the harassment we experienced on a daily basis was part of an unspoken epidemic, and that there was this huge potential for change once the silence had been broken.” Between strong media coverage and Hollaback! London’s own publication ‘Langdon Olgar,’ Julia and Bryony have experienced huge successes in their mission to create dialogue about the treatment of women and LGBTQ people in the public sphere and the media. In the past year alone, Hollaback! London has appeared in four of the largest newspapers in the United Kingdom, and been featured in radio segments on BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Europe, BBC Wales, BBC Birmingham, as well as on Irish radio stations. Hollaback! London has also hosted numerous discussion groups and workshops, including workshops at Queen Mary University that were broadcast on a BBC Radio 4 special on feminist activism today. Julia and Bryony are proud of the support they’ve received from the public and of the volume of press attention the project has garnered in just two years. “The objective when we started was to bring these issues into the public consciousness and generate conversation and debate around street harassment, and we really feel that we’ve achieved that,” said Julia. “It’s been very encouraging and we are excited about the future of Hollaback! London.”
“Hollaback! has become a part of my identity and has given me guidance for my professional and personal endeavors, now and in the future.” – Kacie Lyn Kocher
Our first bilingual site, Hollaback! Istanbul launched in August of 2011, as Site Leader Kacie Lyn Kocher sought a way to make a difference both in her local community and as a citizen of the world. In the past year, Kacie and the Hollaback! Istanbul team have focused on college campus outreach, engaging over 1,0000 students through 15 events at 7 different universities. In order to learn more about the nature and public perception of street harassment, Hollaback! Istanbul also conducted their own research, creating a survey and gathering information from 141 respondents. In addition to organizing campus outreach, Hollaback! Istanbul has reached out to community members through screenings of the film “Miss Representation,” which focuses on representations of women in the media, as well as through discussion groups and story-telling workshops.
“We started because street harassment, particularly of students, is a massive problem in Bangor, and it’s a problem that no one wants to take seriously.” -Jennifer Krase
One of our youngest sites, Hollaback! Gwynedd, launched in April of this year and has already had a significant impact on their community. Gwynedd has already partnered with two student unions, surveyed 400 students about their experiences of street harassment, and met with 40 community leaders, including university boards and local police. This summer, Hollaback! Gwynedd is working on organizing a partnerships meeting with community safety groups in the area, including women’s aid networks and rape crisis centers. In the fall, Gwynedd looks forward to hosting a feminist punk rock concert, and organizing additional events to get first-year students involved in the movement.