Verbal

HOLLA ON THE GO: Excessive Daily Harassment

I live in an apartment complex on Lawrence street and make the less than 10 minute walk down Lincoln Street to my office every day. For the past week there has been a large group of construction workers on the corner of Lawrence and South Waverly building some sort of high end townhouses. For the first few days I walked past I thought nothing of it, but now as the building site progresses there are more than a dozen men working on it. The first day I walked by i could vaguely hear yelling through my headphones and some whistling but I ignored it. When I returned that afternoon for lunch it was the same thing. The third time I walked by I turned and saw them all standing at the edge of the building staring at me and yelling and whistling at me. On my way home I took the long way around to avoid them and have done so almost every time I walk to or from work. When I don’t have the time to make the longer walk (it ends up just about doubling my commute) they do the same thing, all stoping to stare at me, whistle, and yell things that I can’t understand due to listening to music. The entire situation is affecting my day and my emotional well being and I am at the point of considering calling the building company to complain. This is not okay.

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Verbal

HOLLA ON THE GO: Walking to Class

Guy on street: hey cutie
Me: excuse me?
Guy: I said hey cutie
Me: you shouldn’t talk to people that way
Guy: I’ll talk to people however I want
Me: well you shouldn’t
Guy (now across the street): if you don’t like it, you don’t have to listen!

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Verbal

HOLLA ON THE GO: “This should not be happening to me or any other person”

I was walking back home from tutoring a kid across the street. This guy was sitting on the bus stop. As soon as he saw me, he started following me. I was so shocked because I never experienced this so I didn’t know what to do. He kept asking me to go with him and asking for my address. I didn’t tell him. He offered to pay if I go along. I said no and i started walking faster. He still followed. As soon as I approached my house I ran inside while panicking. I am only 14. This should not be happening to me or any other person. Ever since I was too scared to get out the house for even the corner store.

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Verbal

HOLLA ON THE GO: Catcalling from Construction Workers

Currently there is construction of a new building on Hanover street in Portland Maine. The men working there constantly catcall upon walking by. Ignoring gets old so have yelled out stop a few times with no luck and flipped them off a few times. Now having to take a longer route to avoid them. Would love for them to get spoken to.

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Verbal

Harassed on a City Street

I was walking down a city street with my husband about a block from our house. A black Cadillac full of dudes drives by and screams “Hey, titties!” out the window at me. Apparently wearing a cross body bag across a tank top on a hot summer day is an invitation to be harassed. We ignore them and keep walking but they’re stuck in traffic. “Come on, turn around bitch!” was their follow up since I didn’t dignify their harassment the first time around. At this point my husband was enraged and started walking towards their car asking if they had a problem they wanted to get out of the car to solve. He pulled out his phone and started taping them. Miraculously, they had nothing else to say.

It’s not the first time this has happened to me and I know it won’t be the last. But nonetheless, I was filled with that hopeless anger afterward. We were at breakfast afterward and I was expressing to my husband that things like this make me feel like I need to lose as much weight as I can so I can get rid of the harassment bait attached to my body. (I’m a 36B). FWIW, I was wearing a tank top from a teenage clothing line and shorts.

I considered giving the plate number to the police, but for what? The last time I was being threatened (by a tenant of mine) they told me there was nothing they could do unless it was violent. THANKS WORLD.

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Verbal

HOLLA ON THE GO: Harassed in Front of a Clinic

There were 2 lines of men (on one each side of the sidewalk) because the clinic was about to open it’s doors. There were several guys who grabbed their crotches and thrusted their pelvis at me. Most of the other men did smacking sounds with their lips or asked for my number. It was like walking through a gauntlet.

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Verbal

Experiencing Harassment Twice in One Night

At around 6:30 in the evening I was walking back towards the train station with a friend, and two teenagers walked around the corner towards us, one boy and one girl. After we walk past them, the boy yelled out; “fucking slut” so loudly, at first we had no idea what or who he was yelling at until we turned around and I made eye contact with the boy who was grinning as he stared at me. He continued to yell obscenities and abuse at us in such a hateful and viscous manner, my friend and I were just stunned.

What disgusted me most about the situation was the girl he was with seemed to encourage him in his verbal abuse of us. And how we were crossing a popular bridge and no one stepped in to help, just ignored the situation entirely.

After stepping off the train, heading home I got on the bus to get to my house. An older man gets on the bus and as he passes me he stares me up and down so blatantly and purposefully, he slows down and almost stops as he stares at my body. Disgusted, I just stare at him with obvious disgust on my face.

About five minutes later he moves to get of the bus, passing me again he does the same exact thing. But this time he purposefully turns around and stares at me in the middle of the bus in front of everyone. I stare back at him in disgust throwing my hand up in the air, looking around at the other passengers on the bus. But as I make eye contact with them they turn their eyes and faces away.

He steps off the bus, not before giving another two girls near the front a good look over. and turns around and stares at me purposefully and makes these lurid hand gestures at me, and only me as the bus drives away.

I wish I had more of a witty and intelligent comeback to throw out at these harassers, but I always find myself holding myself back in fear of the repercussions. I have heard of plenty of girls being attacked for doing such a thing.

A journey home turns into a deeming and scary experience. How is this okay?

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HOLLA ON THE GO: “Cutie Pie”

Was walking to the subway when a group of 20-something year old men were on the corner, probably waiting for a bus. One of them shouted “Hey cutie pie!” And made kissing noises. I stopped in front of the group and asked if he really thought it was ok say that to someone, and he said “Yes I do”. I informed him that it was not ok, and when trying to make my case he repeatedly said “ok cutie pie, ok cutie pie” repeatedly over me. I raised my voice and began yelling to make him try to listen, he kept repeating “ok cutie pie” and his friends began to walk away when they saw how angry I was getting, clearly embarrassed that I was causing a scene. I walked away and told them they needed to find new friends.

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transphobic, Verbal

Behind My Back

I was standing alone in the cue in front of Berghain. Behind me were two men who started to talk about how ugly and disgusting lesbians and especially trans guys are. How ridiculous it is to them that they bind their chest and that “women should look like “normal” women” and style themselves feminine. I`m a trans guy and it was quite obvious that they enjoyed talking like that behind me. I felt too tired, sad and exhausted to say something. After about 20 minutes of this kind of harrassment behind my back I decided to leave. I felt disappointed by myself, angry and sad that I wasn`t able to defend myself in that situation.

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Verbal

HOLLA ON THE GO: Harassment on the Train Platform

57b7ac7e686f731f5c010000.jpegI was on the phone figuring out where my ride was going to pick me up and a man started following me and screaming at me to go away. I had been standing on the platform about 15 seconds. He claimed this (the train platform) was not my home and I needed to go back to where I came from. I pulled up my phone to take a picture of him and he tried to grab it from my hand. I said if he touched me again, I would hit him. He said he would beat me up. He said I would be arrested. I took his picture and went to the other side of the train platform, and waited for my ride elsewhere. I noticed while we drove away that he had left. He must have been afraid of me having his picture. This is the first time I have tried to stand up for myself. I am tired of being bullied.

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