Month: August 2013

A week in our shoes: PROCLAIM NO SHAME

Dear Hollabackers — This week, we had our first annual staff retreat in New Paltz, NY.  We ate vegan chocolate, drank local craft brew, and mapped out our work together over the next year. It’s gonna be our best year yet. Before we left on Monday, Debjani keynoted at the I-CASH conference (International Coalition Against Sexual Harassment) … Continued

GunnyGirl’s Story: Creeper at the grocery store

While doing my grocery shopping I look up and see a man looking at me. I’m usually a friendly person and will smile and sometimes say “Hi” or “How are you?”. I smiled at him and he immediately looks at my chest and groin and says “I was wondering if you were going to smile … Continued

Sophie’s Story: Standing up to a bar creeper

I was at my favorite nightclub with a group of friends on a Saturday night, standing on the edge of the dancefloor. I was chatting to one of my male friends when I felt someone pinch my bum. I turned around and the groper and his friend, who I vaguely recognize as being a year … Continued

HOLLA ON THE GO: “It’s street harassment”

A barrage of BMXers came hurtling toward me walking down a main street in Cardiff. I kept my eyes front facing and held my course. One of them then gets so close he can ROAR in my ear, obviously intending to shock and humiliate, as he and his mates whizz past laughing and disappear. I’m … Continued

A week in our shoes: PARTNERSHIPS & PRESS EDITION

Dear Hollabackers — The global revolution rolls on! Debjani is at the “Forging Justice” conference in Detroit, Michigan today, presenting on how employers can better support their staff and clients who face street harassment.  Emily is meeting today with community partners interested in developing a new safety app, and met yesterday with two new partners: … Continued

Chelsea’s Story: “Bring your own leash and collar”

First off: I live in the Caribbean, on an island called Dominica (not Dominican Rep.), and harassment is very common here and people act like it’s normal and supposed to happen. I was walking my dog at night like I always do. He’s rather protective of me so I avoid walking him during the day, … Continued

HOLLA ON THE GO: Unsafe streets

We were walking & holding hands when a man, 20s, 5’8″, muscular, with very short blonde hair, grabbed us & pulled us apart, then gripped my arm & yelled in my face about how we couldn’t hold hands because this is a Christian nation. He was extremely aggressive and clearly looking for an excuse to … Continued

Sponsors of HOLLA::Revolution

HOLLA::Revolution, the first international speaker’s series on street harassment, was held on July 25th at NYU and live-streamed on ihollaback.org/hollarevolution/.  It was an historic event, with 18 speakers presenting topics ranging from “un/doing masculinity: street harassment and boihood” and “media representations of street harassment” to “the future of funding the feminist movement” and “youth organizing … Continued