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On January 24th, a woman named was assaulted on Hermosa beach and reported it to the police, read more here. Unfortunately, the police have effectively ignored her report and the perpetrator continues to go free:
Regarding the Hermosa Beach groping incident, it’s been weeks and I haven’t heard anything from them. I called and even went down to the station. Finally, on Thursday, I spoke to the detective, Detective Freelough, about my case. When I asked why hasn’t he gotten back to me, he asks me why I am in such a hurry, that the schedule of him meeting with the guy hasn’t been good, and that other cases takes precedence over mine. Despite the fact that what happened to me clearly was sexual assault, I am incensed that it is not being taken seriously.
Submitted by Raven
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Thanks to our friends at Global Sister for helping to get the word out about Hollaback! Hollaback has come a long way since 2005. As if 15,000 readers a month wasn’t enough, now we are Jay-Z endorsed:
GSO: And finally, if you could have any international activist or celebrity endorse HollabackNYC and focus on the anti street harassment initiative, who would it be?
HBNYC: I live in a cultural cave, but I couldn’t help to notice the new Jay-Z song, Empire State of Mind. The lyrics go: “yellow cap, gypsy cap, dollar cab, holla back, for [drivers] it ain’t for, they act like they forgot how to act.” Now, I don’t know about you, but I only know one HollaBack that deals with cab drivers who ‘forgot how to act.’ Until Jay-Z himself tells us to stop: we’re taking that as a ringing endorsement!
Check out the interview here.
Yesterday, you rallied. In less than 24 hours 688 of you visited our application with the Knight News Foundation and 43 of you voted, bringing us from fifteenth place up to second place!
Today we are one step closer to making the project a reality. Congratulations, us.
You got us here, now help us seal the deal. Give your five star rating to Hollaback and help us win the Knight News Challenge.
Over the past month 1,732 of you have checked out our application, making us the most viewed project of the competition. Even more impressive, 102 of you have voted for our project, securing us the most votes. But yesterday, our competitors showed their poor sportsmanship by slamming our project with one star votes and sinking Hollaback! from #1 to #15. It’s your take-no-shit attitude that has made our project a success over the past five years. So let’s rally on this cold winter day hollaback! at these haters to get this project funded.
This is your chance to fight street harassment worldwide. Vote now. Voting ends today.
Reprinted from the KYW’s site by KYW’s Bob Bicknell:
At last. Folks in the Big Apple and plenty of other cities have a chance to fight back against those who harass you on the streets.
If you get whistled at, ogled, or otherwise annoyed by people while you’re trying to live your life, snap their picture with your cell phone and shame them at hollabacknyc.com.
There are sites for other U.S. and foreign cities, just look for their direct links on the left hand side of the page.
Check out Emily’s interview on The Daily Femme! And for those of you curious where Hollaback is heading:
Where would you like to see this site and program be in 10 years?
In ten years HollabackNYC will be part of a larger organization called Hollaback!, which will be the pre-eminent anti-street harassment organization worldwide. The number of Hollaback affiliates will have grown from 20 to 50, and instead of blogs and cell phone cameras, we will be using smart phone applications and GPS mapping to track street harassment and break the silence. By 2020, there will be a notable decrease in the amount of street harassment worldwide, and I will take a much-deserved vacation. Until then, Hollaback!
As you know, we have made it to the second round of the Knight Foundation! To win, we need your help. Give Hollaback! your five star vote here.
Voting ends on Sunday!
Submitted by E.
Mobile phones are being used increasingly across the world to track violence against women, although there are still challenges. Check out this article from Gender Across Borders:
A women’s rights advocate in Guinea noted that “some lost their lives particularly because they took pictures; this is a new trend in Guinea. It is a first in our history. Guineans now have access to mobile phones and, despite their degrading nature, women are in the process of breaking silence and participating in circulating pictures.”
The article goes on to talk about the pitfalls of citizen journalism, and how many of the images have not been picked up by the traditional media because their credibility is questioned. Still, these images have started a conversation and brought attention to rapes that would have otherwise gone unreported — ultimately breaking the silence. My heart goes out to those that lost their lives in the process. They are truly heroes, HOLLAheroes.
To read the full article, click here.