“My whole life I’ve been subjected to harassment and abuse in public settings, and before I read about Hollaback, I never really talked about it with anyone… It takes a lot of courage to face stories of mental and physical street harassment, but it’s the first step in healing and taking control of situations in the future.” – Luci Cook
Luci Cook was inspired when she learned about Hollaback! through the website Feministing. “When I read that article, a rush of legitimization and understanding came to me and I knew I had to be a part of it… that’s when I learned that I could start my very own Hollaback! in my small town of Columbia, Missouri,” Luci explains. Luci has partnered with University of Missouri’s Women’s Center to host a variety of events and to collaborate with the University’s bystander intervention program. Luci has already conducted analysis on the stories her site receives, including information on where the most harassment takes place and what type of harassment is most common, and she plans to use the results of her research to raise awareness about street harassment in her community. In the next year, Hollaback! CoMo looks forward to fostering more relationships with community organizations.