graphic by Robin Hoyt
Street harassment is a serious and multi-faceted social problem that makes women and people of other marginalized groups unsafe in public spaces. HollaBackBoston does not define street harassment but believes harmful power dynamics in society lie at the core of our inequality. We believe that building a safe world demands diverse international fronts of resistance. Dedicated to the city of Boston, we continue to reclaim public space by empowering everyone to “HOLLA BACK” at street harassers.
You can holla back in the moment in a way that is fast and easy. Use your phonecams or digital cameras to DOCUMENT STREET HARASSERS. Add email@example.com directly to your cellphone. Email us the pics with your story. We accept submissions from anywhere!
All Holla Backs are independent collectives, in support of the same international mission; they are in no way affiliated with one another unless otherwise noted.
Foreplay for Holla Back Project: Suspected Subway Pleasurer Arrested
If you want to get involved or are a supportive group affiliated with ending street harassment, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
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|This [site] reminded me of the time I took the IND train to the Ralph Ave station on my way home from school. No-one I knew lived in my part of Brooklyn. The subway stop was 3/4 miles from my house; the bus stop was only 1 1/2 blocks. I had to pay extra carfare to take the subway whereas the bus for students was a nickel. I took the train instead of the bus because my friends rode the subway to get home to Queens. It was an early dismissal day due to testing schedule. As I was walking the long subterranean passage towards the exit at street level, I heard foot steps slowly accelerating behind me. I was scared since no-one was about. As I started going up the sunlit staircase, my butt, whatever it was in volume, got grabbed. I turned around, and for fear of the worst stared at my over six feet, brawny, and young would-be molester. All that came out of my mouth was a steely and calm "And what do you think you are doing?" He fled so fast. This was only one of several incidents where screaming would be of no avail. I swear my guardian angel was with me and took over by telling me to be strong calm and assertive. Perpetrators come in many forms.|
- Mama H
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