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Online Harassment Resources
Our HeartMob team has developed several resources for people experiencing or combating online harassment.
- Technical Safety Guide
Chances are, you’ve either been harassed online or you might be in the future. We partnered with Take Back the Tech! to design a guide that will walk you through the immediate steps you need to take to feel safe and give you the information you need to make informed decisions.
- Social Media Safety Guides
We have worked hard alongside each of these platforms to make the process of understanding online safety a priority. Every guide gives user friendly information on how to best use reporting and privacy tools on each platform, and for the very first time all of this information is located in one location!
- Self-Care Guide
Experiencing online harassment can be overwhelming. You may feel a whole host of (totally valid) emotions. You could even be experiencing physical symptoms such as a pounding heart, nausea, or difficulty sleeping. You might simply feel numb. In these situations, it’s really important to take time out to take care of yourself.
- Online Harassment: A Comparative Policy Analysis [pdf]
This November 2016 report from DLA Piper offers a comparative analysis on law and policy addressing online harassment in Canada, the UK, the US, and Australia.
- Know Your Rights
Trying to understand what your rights are on the internet and when they’ve been crossed is tricky. This guide offers US-based readers insight into the federal laws that are meant to protect us; others vary from state to state. It also details several avenues for response.
- How to Spot Fake News and Recognize Harassment
Brought to you by HeartMob, this resource in comic-form explains how fake news is used to harass and silence – and how to tell whether news is legit.
- Counterspeech DOs and DON’Ts
This comic gives tips on how to respond to negative speech online without escalating conflict. HeartMob developed this content in partnership with #ICANHELP, Project HEAR, and the Dangerous Speech Project.
- Supportive Organizations
This is a list of organizations with resources for people experiencing online harassment.
Street Harassment Resources
- Responding to Harassers
Your safety is the first priority. If you feel safe and choose to respond directly to harassers, we have some general guidelines designed to keep you safe, whether you’re the harasser’s target or a bystander looking to make a difference.
- Harassment Is: An Exploration of Identity and Street Harassment [pdf version]
Using stories from Hollaback! sites, this guide invites the reader to recognize how people’s identities and oppressions overlap and how that can affect how they walk down the street.
- LGBTQ+ Street Harassment: A Guide for Survivors and Bystanders
Street harassment takes different forms for different populations, and LGBTQ+ folks experience more of it than the general population. Even within the LGBTQ+ community, folks are affected differently according to factors like race, immigration status, gender identity, and sex. Here’s some guidance on how to respond if you’re targeted with anti-LGBTQ+ harassment – and how to respond if you witness it.
- Holla 101: Anti-Street Harassment Curriculum
This curriculum provides easy-to-use 25- and 45-minute lesson plans that will help your students start a conversations about street harassment. The lesson plans correspond with short vlogs that answer some very basic questions, including “what is street harassment?” and “how should I respond?”
- Holla 101: An Educator’s Guide to Street Harassment [pdf]
This guide is geared toward teachers, guidance counselors, parents and other educators in New York City who want to address the issue of street harassment amongst middle and high school aged students. Want to spread the word around your school and community? You can download our free Hollaback! School Action Pack, including posters, pamphlets, and a full version of this Educator’s Guide.
- Employer, Union, and Service Provider’s Guide to Ending Street Harassment [pdf] [check out the video introduction!]
This guide is written for unions, members assistance programs (MAP), employers, human resources departments, employee assistance programs (EAP), and service providers. It provides information and resources regarding support and assistance they can offer to their staff, union members, and clients who have reported experiences of street harassment. It offers readers:
- An understanding of what street harassment is and what it looks like
- How it affects employees, union members, and clients
- What can be done to support an employee, union member, or client who has experienced it
- Where to refer an employee, union member or client who may need further assistance and support as a result of their experience.
- Street Harassment – Know Your Rights [pdf]
A report released in October, 2014 by Hollaback!, TrustLaw, and DLA Piper offers the first ever global legal resource on street harassment. The “Know Your Rights” guide compiles the latest legal definitions and information on all forms of street harassment across 22 countries and in 12 languages. Creating the guide was a monumental undertaking involving the efforts of 11 legal teams collaborating internationally. Check out the guide and consult our FAQ for more information.
HARASSMENT in Public Spaces RESOURCES
- Beyond the Bathroom: Gender-Inclusive Planning and Policy for Public Spaces [pdf]
Urban planning practices have historically planned for a heterogeneous public in processes that marginalize difference. Hunter College’s Gender-Inclusive (GenderInc) Planning Studio prepared this report for use by our partner organization, Hollaback! It employs gender-inclusive planning practices that will promote safety of mind and body for LGBTQ users of the city’s public spaces – particularly transgender and gender non-conforming people whose gender does not fit the traditional binary.