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I was once followed for 20+ minutes by a guy asking me to marry him, even when my friends told him to stop, or when my friend wanted to pretend to be my boyfriend, he still did not stop.
I went to trivia night with my friend and as we were in the second round, 2 guys at the bar (one of which knew my friend) joined us at our table. The other guy (not the one who knew my friend) was high and drunk had his hands all over my legs. I ended up with bruises from the chair as I tried to minimize what all he was able to grab at. I didn’t say anything to my friend until the next day.
A friend texted to say a customer grabbed her butt at [a discount grocery store] while she was working.
Thanks to a generous grant from The Pollination Project in 2013, we had the opportunity create a program for middle school kids to address street harassment in an age appropriate way. After months and months of planning, we finally had our first real workshop! Here are some photos of our volunteer Rebecca with the kids at St. Francis Neighborhood Center, the amazing community center in Reservoir Hill. We have worked with them before, taking part in anti-street harassment chalk-walks, and speaking as a Power Player for their Power Project, so piloting our own youth program at St. Francis was an obvious choice. Over the course of two seperate one hour sessions, we spoke to these young folks about ways to make a difference in their communities using art activism. Our tool of choice? Self-decorated t-shirts! (Click here for more photos)
Some words from our workshop leader, Rebecca: “We had 8 kids – 5 boys and 3 girls – and had a really active discussion about Street Harassment, Bullying and Art Activism. They were really enthusiastic about the t-shirts and kept talking about the issues while we were working on them. We also had to extend the discussion to make sure that our t-shirts were non-negative responses which I think is important to add. We had a talk about how sometimes we want to respond aggressively, and it’s OK to feel that, but aggression and threats were some of the things we put down as Issues on the Street so it’s probably best not to put them on a t-shirt. I look forward to setting up the next one after Christmas!”
Background: Co-director Shawna took the lead on the Youth Hollaback! project and spoke with many experts on DIY activism, working with youth, art as a tool for social change, and more. She got to interview cool local folks, like Hanna from FORCE, as well as non-Baltimoreans like Tatyana Fazlalizadeh of Stop Telling Women to Smile. While the Pollination Project awarding us the Seed The Change grant made these interviews and practice runs possible, the opportunity to connect with other inspiring folks doing great social justice work has been another surprising benefit to our team personally. We’ve learned a lot, and we’re so happy our volunteer Rebecca will be leading more of these workshops in the future! If you have any interest of bringing our Youth Hollaback! workshop to a group of kids you know, just email us at [email protected]
At my aunts Bday party and this really old guy kept following me in the club!!!!!! Ewww
It was late at night in the city and I was waiting outside of a restaurant with my friend for her mother to pay for our food. We’re both standing there minding our own business and all of the sudden a group of creepy older guys walk by saying “Hey baby”. It was frightening because it was dark and we were alone. These guys looked about in their mid 20s. My friend and I are both 15.
While I was working in a government agency as a contractor, there was an older man who would constantly fawn and joke with another female coworker of mine. Nothing over the line but it made for an uncomfortable situation. The man was the office manager and was also manipulative and would throw out polite insults to most people within the office, including me. My contract coworker and I did not get along but the she and the man were on friendlier terms so he would go out of his way to belittle or subtly harass me. One day, he walked over to our work area, and began talking about women wearing tight pants and how they should not wear them. He then sat on my desk while conversing with my coworker on tight pants and telling stories of all the women he’d seen wearing them. Of course, that day I was wearing skinny jeans with an oversized sweater. Another time and the worst of his offenses, he came over to our work area and stated, ” I want to see you (my coworker), Nemesis, and X (another female working in the office) in a three way.”