Month: December 2010

Harassment can happen anywhere… even on a boat.

While flyfishing in my kayak in the northern location of Lake Champlain in Vermont, I realized a fishing boat with two middle aged men was circling my boat and watching me as I casted my line. I was wearing my bathing suit, a one piece.  I continued to cast  and I heard catcalls, whistles and … Continued

Demystifying the OpEd

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Ever been stuck in the back of a perv’s taxi cab?

The ultimate nightmare: being trapped in some sicko psycho’s taxi cab and no one knows you’re there. With things like Facebook’s check-in feature and Foursquare, something that allows women to check into a cab and simultaneously register the car number and driver information should not be light years away. If you’re working on a solution … Continued

Harassment, an ongoing story

This happened so long ago I can hardly remember the year.  I’m fairly certain I was six years old.  Yes, six.  I went down the street with my brother to his friend’s house for a visit.  My brother’s friend had some older siblings who were in junior high at the time.  They got my brother … Continued

Masturbate and run, East Village lurker

I moved to NYC last spring and, in between apt viewings, was grabbing a slice of pizza with my mother at the Two Boots in the East Village.  We were in a booth seat and I noticed a creepy guy outside the window on a bike staring at me for what felt like forever.  I … Continued

Monday Advocacy to restore City Funding–Please Help!

Due to budget cuts, the city is planning to reduce its Runaway and Homeless Youth expenditures by almost a million dollars this year.  Street Outreach Services will be reduced by half and completely eliminated next year.  Among the agencies affected is the Ali Forney Center, one of Hollaback!’s partners in New Yorkers for Safe Transit. … Continued

Don’t touch the hawk or the hips

I live in NYC, and have experienced street harassment many times, both here and in other cities. However, the past few years have mostly been pretty free of issue, since I have a fairly tough ‘don’t mess with me’ aura. I’m rather more aggressive with strangers now, and men in general, especially after I was … Continued

Dear taxi cab driver, I will report you

Dear Taxi Cab Driver: Hitting on me while I am confined in your car is fucking frightening. Driving dangerously with anger when I am doing my best to ignore you and pretend to rifle through my blackberry is also fucking frightening. Accusing me of smoking in your vehicle, when I am not a smoker, and … Continued