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by Tess Hopson
So, what’s the point in sharing stories with each other? We have protection from harassment at work, school, home, etc. but why not when moving between these places?
The first step is getting past the myth, “It doesn’t happen.” By sharing the stories, be it both of what has happened to us and what we have seen, we can get past that myth and show it IS there. It’s time we started talking about this. Plus, an area with more stories encourages even more to share. We aren’t alone; we have each other’s backs.
I personally am tired of being harassed or wondering once it’s dark if it’s safe to walk home alone. I can personally give three, out of many, examples that show different levels of the harassment. On one occasion, I was walking home having a good day and heard a person yell “Bitch!” out a window for no reason; there went that good day. On another, I was going downtown after a date with my fiancé, dressed in an outfit sewn for that night, and I was catcalled for wearing it. This was a special night turned to feeling trashy. My third example made me feel unsafe in my own neighborhood. I was walking home at 10 p.m. when a guy asked for my number ‘slyly’ and upon my refusal, he became VERY verbally abusive. If I hadn’t escaped into my locked building, I think he would have been physical too.
I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of this. It is real, it is annoying, and it needs to STOP. We’re showing it does happen and we’re doing something about it. By fighting back we can avoid this for others in the future too. I believe in Hollaback’s vision that:
Whether you’re commuting, lunching, partying, dancing, walking, chilling, drinking, or sunning Hollaback! believes you have the right to feel safe, confident, and yes, even sexy, without being the object of some turd’s fantasy.
I am tired of the turds! I am tired of the harassment! Let’s stand together; it is the time to HOLLABACK!
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