Category: Groping

Summer Safety

Guest blog post by volunteers Tegan & Corrine   Summer; warm weather, a glorious time to be outside, enjoying the outdoors, going for walks, sitting out under the sun. At least, until someone decides to invade on your private space in a public area. Street harassment (being harassed or assaulted in a public space) unfortunately … Continued

Harassed by the Security Guards – Chelsea’s story

I was with two of my friends [ed. note: at a club] and one of my friends happened to be in the cross-fire of an absurd amount of harassment, about 5 incidents over the course of the night. The first few incidences of harassment came from the [venue’s] security guards, who inappropriately touched and grabbed my friend’s … Continued

Innappropriate “Hello” – Laura’s story

Me: 26 year old woman Him: 50ish year old man – a work supervisor in outdoor work setting, informal relationship setting He: sideways hugs around, with a butt tap as a ‘nice hello’… I: stepped away and said “No thank you.” [got_back]

NOT OK – Yuby’s story

I was at a party/club and I was surrounded by my (female) cousins and friends and a man came up behind me and grabbed my ass, walked away quickly, but then looked back to smile at me as if it was OK….which it wasn’t. [got_back]

Free of Suggestion – guest post

by Madeleine Buck, who recently created and donated a quilt square to FORCE’s Monument Quilt project.   Every city dweller periodically finds themselves wondering whether they’ll be able to go out in public without having to deal with a stranger’s commentary, and the common solution is to barely acknowledge or ignore any unsolicited appraisals of … Continued

HOLLAween: No Shame, No Blame

It’s Halloween! From spooky to sexy, there are so many ways for all ghouls to celebrate, and there’s something in this holiday for everyone. However, for a lot of us, Halloween means harassment—on the streets, at parties, just walking outside in costume. We’re expected to look sexy, even if that’s not our thing, and we … Continued

Listening for the Dissonance of Harassment

Guest post by Hollaback! Baltimore volunteer, Matt If every person walking down the street could be considered a musician, their existence adding a new melody line to the symphony of a city, then a convention with cosplayers is a unique piece of music to experience. Characters from eastern and western animation, video game heroes, and … Continued

Gropescape? Nopescape! – phone app submission

I was checking out the arcade room at Gamescape (Artscape). The room was dark other than the light emitted from arcade machines. I was holding my 14 month old daughter when I was groped from behind. The room was dark and I was so taken aback I didn’t think to accost the young men behind … Continued

Very Humiliating – Ross’s story

This was around Midnight last Friday, when usually I make a point to avoid most of mankind. But I needed something to eat so I drive to the Uni mini on Charles street, get my girlfriend and myself sandwiches, start walking back to my car. By no means is the area deserted but my half … Continued