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I was visiting Hay on Wye for the Hay Festival and HowTheLightGetsIn, and was harassed by a group of drunk men in the town centre on the evening of 23rd May.
I was just walking towards the centre, by Thai Edge, when I heard someone shout, “YOU’RE HOT BABE”. I turned to see a car with 2 men inside looking at me. The passenger said to his friend, “Why’d you do that?”. They were stopped at the lights so I had time to say, “Yeah, why did you do that?” To which he replied, “Because you’re hot.” I then replied, “That’s kind of a dick move.” And then the lights changed so they drove off. I know this one incident doesn’t seem like a big deal, but it happens to so many people so often, that every time someone reports it, it brings us closer to finally ending street harassment for good.
Walking to a shoe shop in my lunch hour. Dressed in heels, jeans, faux leather jacket and a tshirt (not relevant but painting the picture).
Guy stood by bus stop says ‘ you’re too attractive to (I think he said read- i was carrying a book).
I paused for a second and thought, no, i am going to confront him.
I said I didn’t invite him to comment on me and rate my sexual attractiveness. He said ‘it’s biology’. This I couls not believe. I sais his behaviour was not acceptable. He said I was a drama queen and told me to fuck off. Of course I replied with ‘ no, you fuck off’. I swear he wolfwhistled and told me to fuck off once more as I walked away
I am pleased I stood up to him but I was left shaken, raised heart rate and in tears
A member of the Bristol Hollaback team, Lea, recently took part in a roundtable discussion hosted by The Bristol Cable on sexual harassment and violence against women in the city. The Cable says: “Following a recent high profile case of sexual abuse of girls by men in Bristol, we decided to ask five women what they thought about sexual violence towards women in the city.”
We were very proud to b involved in the roundtable alongside four other truly inspirational female figures from our city.
Shagufta K. Iqbal is a Bristol based poet and story–teller, below is a link to an wonderful piece of Shagufta’s latest work at the Inspiring Muslim Women conference at Bristol University last September. Shagufta says “I would like to think my work explores what it means to be a woman in a multi-cultured modern day Britain. Yet I am fully aware that essentially this just means: what is it to be human and how do we communicate the emotions that govern our everyday lives.”
We would like to say a huge thank you to all 431 of you who responded to our call and completed the global Hollaback! survey. Bristol had the highest number of responses out of the whole of the UK (even beating London!) which proves that Bristol really is a progressive city which cares about the issue of street harassment and together we can really make a change.
The full results of the survey will be released in the next month or so, so keep an eye out on the website or like us on Facebook to be kept up to date.
Whether we’re talking about the Loch Ness Monster or street harassment, we know don’t always have to see something to feel the threat of it. This third video in our series takes you on a walk with Michelle as she narrates her experience walking down the street.
Michelle begins, “Street harassment affects me before I even get on the street.” We spend the rest of the video learning her perspective and how past experiences with street harassment affect the way she feels in public spaces. Aden, the filmmaker, writes, “after speaking at length with Michelle about her life and her experiences with harassment, I decided to shift the focus from watching her to listening to her. I was struck by the often ignored reality that even when harassment isn’t happening in the moment, the possibility of it, the reminders of it, and the fear of it is ever present. Some have said the video may not go as “viral” as the first and I found that a powerful commentary on its own; that people would be willing to watch a woman get harassed over and over again but then not be interested in listening to her talk about those experiences. We all hope the video continues to open up the dialogue about the various forms of harassment that women, women of color, queer women, and feminine presenting people deal with on a daily basis.” This video is a tool to raise awareness and end street harassment worldwide. Check out our FAQ for more information. Want to spread the word and change the culture of street harassment? Share the video on social media or take action with Hollaback! today! In Solidarity, – The Hollaback! Staff www.ihollaback.org @iHollaback
It was summer and I was wearing a dress for the first time which I loved and couldn’t wait to wear to see my friend.
By the time I had walked down the street and got to my friends house I was in tears because of the amount of men staring, honking and harassing me.
There are many others small stories too ‘petty’ to count.