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Thank you for all your support during Hollaback! Bristol’s first year We will be on holiday from 20th December until 5th January. Any stories you share over the festive period will be published on 5th January.
Just sharing your story can be empowering on its own, but the more details you can give us about dates, times, locations, vehicle reg, company name, description of harasser etc, the more we can do to take action to stop it happening. If there’s anything you’d like to tell us in confidence, please email [email protected]
Wishing you a peaceful festive break and a happy and empowered New Year!
With love from all at Hollaback! Bristol
Me and my friend were walking down church road and a guy of about 50 jumped in front of us and sort of shimmied at us and I gave him a confused look and he the shouted “I want to fuck you” my friend then shouted at him. Literally 10 seconds down the road a guy turned to us in a leery way and said hello.
I was walking up Winton Lane to get home from work. I had just gotten off the bus and a van belonging to a roofing company (I can remember the name of this company) came up the road. The driver slowed to a crawl, matching my walking speed (I am quite a fast walker when on my own), opened his window and said something to me. I had my earphones in so I didn’t hear what he said but I didn’t think it was very nice. After a few seconds he turned into the side road and did a 3-point turn in the road to come back the way I came. I took this action to be most intimidating and I ran like mad down the road, turned round the corner past Banco Lounge and walked up Wells Road instead.
I had just gotten off the #2 bus at Bellevue Road and set about using the crossing at the lights opposite Tesco. I noticed these men wearing hi-vis jackets working on the scaffolding outside Banco Lounge and I decided to take the path that led around the outside of the green there. As I did so one of the men started shouting out things like “oi oi” and “nice legs” and his mates then joined in. Although I live around that area I decided against going up the steep road leading to my home so as not to incur any more of their outbursts and ended up walking the long way round to get home – which took 30 minutes rather than 10.
On 13th December my boyfriend and I took the 22.36 train from Montpelier to Stapleton Road. There was an extremely drunk man on the train loosely dressed as “Santa”. He was walking up and down the train carriages demanding that people hug him. My boyfriend refused to hug him but the man continued to make the demand. My boyfriend hugged him as he decided it would be preferable to a confrontation.
The man then started demanding to hug the “sister”, ie me. I refused. The man then demanded that my boyfriend hug him again which he did. The man then told me I was missing out and went on to walk up and down the train demanding hugs.
After the xmas do (in my earlier story), I decided to walk home (even though it was late and I was quite nervous of more harassment.
I got a few comments, but nothing too bad.
Then as I was walking passed the Star and Garter a woman who was sitting outside the pub and seemed drunk called out to me about me wearing a kilt. I tried to ignore her and laugh it off, then she shouted more aggressively something like “Oi! Wearing a kilt! Are you bareback? You wearing anything under? Show us!” etc. I felt pretty threatened by this, especially as I was walking on my own in a quite dark area, and no other people on the street (there were a few groups of people) seemed to want to notice.
I carried on walking, and all was fine, but again I felt scared and depressed by the incident.
I’m very lucky that I rarely experience street harassment these days. But I found these two experience last night quite shocking.
Walking to a works xmas dinner, wearing a kilt, was met with jeers and abusive comments from a group of men. It was generally homophobic and drunken mockery in nature. I felt pretty scared as I and my friend had to walk through this group. I felt nervous, angry and depressed for the early part of the evening, and even (for a while) wished I’d dressed more conservatively.
I was walking home from work and decided to cut through Cotswold Road in Bedminster. A man in a work van slowed down and said something to me. I asked him what he had said thinking he was asking for directions and he told me I had a nice smile.
I told him I didn’t want to talk to him and he drove slowly along the road at the same pace I was walking, still talking to me, telling me I was pretty/sexy/commenting on what I was wearing (massive coat and scarf!.)
I ended up calling my friend and staying on the phone to her and stopped in at her house. I can usally handle people verbally harrasing me but he was following me and I felt REALLY unsafe.