Was walking past a Toys R Us when a middle aged man in a truck yelled, “You definitely look like you’re going into the wrong toy store.”
On Tuesday morning, I was walking from my job to the bank (that is only three mins away by foot) to drop off my job’s deposit. This was 9 in the morning, and as I was walking, a man in his car pulled up to me and asked if I wanted to watch him “jerk off”. I was so shocked and upset and afraid, that I quickly yelled, “No! I’m calling the police!” Sadly I didn’t catch his license plate, but be careful out there! This can happen to anyone so please protect yourselves and use the buddy system.
It’s been an exciting week here at the HQ. This week we welcomed three new interns for the summer: April, Eunie, and Julia. The interns are excited to be helping out with Hollaback!’s communications and programs, including HeartMob.
We filmed our final two vlogs of the series this week and will be releasing them soon! We stepped outside of the office this week to visit City Hall in New York to take the 6th Annual Father’s Day Pledge to End Gender Violence. Organized by CONNECT and Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo, the participants pledged to end violence in our homes, schools and communities.
And here’s what Holla’s around the world have been up to:
We have our eye on the proposal of a new anti-catcalling law that could make street harassment punishable by fine. It’ll be interesting to see what happens. In the meantime, check out the work of Hollaback! Buenos Aires as they work to end street harassment in their city.
Hollaback! Alberta attended the first annual Women & Trans Festival at the 35th Edmonton Pride. It’s so awesome to have Hollaback! represent during such an important time for the rights of transgender people!
Hollaback! London will be co-hosting Holla::REV London in just less than two weeks! Join us on June 23rd to hear speakers and performers including Laura Bates, Emily May, representatives from Sex Worker Open University, Bisi Alimi, Susuana Antubam, Samayya Afzal, Bryony Beynon & Julia Gray, Sauna Youth and more!
Great job this week across the globe, team!
Holla and out!
–The Hollaback! Staff
saw this d-bag catcalling women as they passed by.
I was harassed by a man who followed me around Target while I was grocery shopping alone, who was trying to get my attention by following me and yelling at me in the store. He came up from behind me after following me down an aisle, grabbed my arm and tried to pull me around, and before he could do anther hunt else, I elbowed him and ran to the front of the store.
Standing in line at the gas station a man proceed to try and get my name while telling me I’m so beautiful and inviting me to party with him. He kept this up to the point the attendant told him to leave and walked me to my car.
Guy made kissing sounds
whispered guapa at me as I walked past
We’ve got some exciting news for the international movement. Drum roll, please! We released the largest international, cross-cultural study on street harassment. The data shows that 84% of women around the world are first harassed before the age of 17. You can check out the country by country data here. We’ve also had some great press hits on Telegraph, Glamour, Gothamist, and BuzzFeed! Shout out to our awesome deputy director Debjani Roy for her amazing leadership on this project.
Meanwhile around the world…
Hollaback! Peterborough is partnering with the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre and helping circulate their survey for survivors during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. If you’re in the region of Peterborough, Northumberland, City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton, take part in the survey before the end of the month.
Hollaback! Ottawa site leader Julie Lalonde was featured on CBC after speaking out about her experience of street harassment with the military. The Ottawa team presented to the provincial Standing Committee on Sexual Violence and Harassment to talk about the need to include street harassment in our understandings of sexual violence.
Hollaback! Poland protested against “Tips for women” about rape prevention published by the Polish Police. After publishing this letter to the police, the tips were taken down and the police declared they’ll be more thoughtful with their sexual violence prevention messages and will be happy to work with us on this.
Hollaback! London‘s Good Night Out program was featured in a piece by Medium. One of their awesome site leaders Julia Gray spoke about the ways women are perceived when out at night. Great press team!
It’s been a happening week, and we can’t wait to see what Hollabackers do next week!
Holla and out!
Julia Retzlaff, an amazing young (18 year-old!!) filmmaker created the awesome short film STOP. about street harassment. Julia has worked as a T.A. for the Bay Area Video Coalition’s (BAVC) beginning video track as well as a freelance editor and researcher for BAVC Productions. We are so excited to see young emerging artists speaking to the realities of street harassment. According to our recent study, 85% of US women report experiencing their first harassment before the age of 17.