Groping, Verbal

Anna’s Story: Harassed 4 times in 45 minutes in Bristol

I’m grieving at the moment, and my vulnerability is clearly showing through my body language, and men in public are taking advantage of this.
On my 45 minute journey home today I encountered 4 harassments from various men and groups of men.
The first encounter was on the 75 bus from Cribbs Causeway (where I work) to home. A middle aged man came and sat next to me on the empty bus. Kept moving closer then rested his hand on my leg. I moved away.
Second encounter about 5 minutes later: bus came to a stop outside Filton College. A group of college boys knocked on the bus window where I was sat, when I looked up one of them pointed at me then his crotch. The rest of them laughed.
When I got off of the bus, 3 men in a white van barked (literally like a dog) out of the van window at me, making me jump, then they burst out laughing. I was on the verge of tears when a group of skater boys near where I live on Ashley Down Road told me to “cheer up”. if only they knew…!

Got home and burst into tears feeling completely violated and taken advantage of – all of this happened in the space of 45 minutes.

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Following/Stalking, Verbal

Ashley’s Story: He chased me down the street in the dark

As I was leaving the gym, a young man followed me & chased me down the street to catch up with me – it was dark out, and I just heard rapid footsteps behind me. He yelled Hey, and I turned around but kept shifting away as he was now next to me. He asked for my name, and said he wanted to ‘get to know me better’.

He left as soon as I said I had a boyfriend, but it’s an incredibly uncomfortable experience to be followed down the street & hit on, especially (1) at night and (2) when other guys who’ve done that in the past have been much more persistent/worse, and it’s impossible to know beforehand how a guy will react.

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Sara’s story: “The sort of thing I am tired of hearing”

Whilst walking back home around 10:30pm on Oct. 10, a man smoking outside St. George’s House and I had the following exchange, while he looked me up and down:


*no answer, keeps walking*


*no answer, keeps walking*

(yells) “Very sexy!”

*no answer, keeps walking*

A relatively minor incident, but the sort of thing I am tired of hearing as I try and just go about daily life.

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Florian’s Story: I was worried he’d get violent

***HB edit: This incident occurred on the footpath between Muller Road and Ashley Down Road.***

I was walking to my bus after college and I walked past a van and the man inside leant towards me making a smooching face saying “kiss me” to which I said no and he said “why not?” and I said because I don’t want to and he said it’s just a friendly kiss ” I said I don’t care, fuck off” To which he said no need to be so rude. and I quickly got away as soon as possible. After my friends said I should have retorted and told him that i’m actually a man (I’m ftm transgender) but I was worried he’d have got violent and he was in a vehicle.

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Physical intimidation/space entitlement, Verbal

Eleanor’s Story: “We’re gonna kill you in your sleep”

Eleanor reported the following incident which happened on 12th November 2014, at 3.30pm, at Bristol Temple Meads station.

4 guys lining the stairwell watching me coming: “Alright love where are you going?”

Me: (ignores them)
(I then realise I went the wrong way and have to go BACK…)

Them: (stepping in the way so I can’t get past) why don’t you give us a smile then?

Me: “Fuck off”

Them: “We’re gonna kill you in your sleep.”

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Hollaback! Bristol Street Harassment Survey

Investigating Street Harassment: Internationally!

Hollaback is a movement to end street harassment powered by a network of local
activists around the world. Hollaback has teamed up with Cornell University’s
ILR School professor Beth Livingston to study the experiences and impacts of
street harassment internationally, through cooperation with Hollaback’s many local
activism sites.

What are we doing? On October 15th, we are launching online surveys in countries on
six continents, translated into multiple languages. Links to these surveys will be
tweeted, blogged, facebook’ed and emailed worldwide with the hope of gathering
data on street harassment that can be used to better understand its impacts in an
international context. Links specific to Bristol and in 4 different languages are provided below.

What can you do to help? Complete a survey! and send the link on to others who may or may not be familiar
with the movement. The more respondents—men and women—the better.

What can you expect? The survey asks about demographics, experiences with
harassment, reactions to it, and other questions. It is completely anonymous.
Summary reports and press releases can be expected early in 2015.

What if I can’t find my city? If you cannot locate a link to your city below, choose the closest city.

What if I have questions? You can ask your site leader in your local area, or reach out to Hollaback!
( If you want more info on the survey itself, contact Prof. Beth
Livingston (

Bristol, UK French

Bristol, UK English

Bristol, UK Hindi

Bristol, UK Polish 

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Penny’s Story: harassed on Stokes Croft

This man verbally harassed me outside the Canteen on Stokes Croft at approximately 8.30pm on 5th November 2014.

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Groping, Physical intimidation/space entitlement, Verbal

Clare’s Story: He Grabbed My Arm

Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 19.44.46This morning while walking up Stokes Croft a guy approached me and called me beautiful when i just walked on he grabbed my arm and said “seriously you’re beautiful you could be a model” I had my headphones in and took one out to hear what he was saying and then moved out of his grip, didn’t say anything and walked on to which he called me an ungrateful slut…

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