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Public Harassment: I’m a 32 year old…

I’m a 32 year old black Brasileiro who lives in Austrália. I get racially harassed by my neighbor who lives adjacent to me. The man and his family make abusive and racist wifi names about my ethnicity and sometimes say abusive things in their backyard about me when they don’t know anything about me. I … Continued

Public Harassment: Today I had to…

Today I had to use skills I learned in a Hollaback training on bystander intervention. It’s enraging that this incident happened, but I’m very grateful to have felt prepared for it because of Hollaback’s work. I was sitting outside my neighborhood coffee shop this morning when I heard a loud voice yelling angrily, coming closer … Continued

Public Harassment: I was approached…

I was approached by this random man from the street inside a craft store I was shopping at. It was really hot outside and there were only a couple of people in the store. He proceeded to follow me around two aisles, and was clearly leering at me and checking me out, even though I … Continued

Public Harassment: I was on my way home…

I was on my way home from a night out with my friends in a nearby town, we’d caught the last train home and were walking back to my house from the station. It was about 3 in the morning, but I live in a very small town with no nightlife whatsoever so we weren’t … Continued

Public Harassment: Against a wall

Getting off metro and going south on the pedestrian trail, a man started whispering underneath his breath at me while walking towards me. He eventually cornered me against a building and kept whispering to me underneath his breath. I slipped away between him and the wall and walked briskly towards the more populated street. There … Continued

Public Harassment: I took the subway home…

I took the subway home by myself around midnight one night. There was a man sitting across from me (only one other person on the train car). He looked like he was almost asleep but his phone was held in one hand in landscape mode facing me. I was uncomfortable but figured he was sleeping, … Continued

Public Harassment: A few years ago…

A few years ago I was working at a coffee shop during a super busy Christmas street fair. I was making coffee for two guys and one of them complimented my outfit. My outfit was very fun so I said thank you…but then the guy went on to say I looked like a “SEXY elf.” … Continued

Public Harassment: In 2017, I was living in Boston…

In 2017, I was living in Boston and looking for a spiritual community. I decided to attend a mass. Boston is a walking city, most people walk, bike, or use the subway as their main source of transportation. It also has the most Universities per capita in North America. Since most folks in the city … Continued