Monthly Archives: July 2010

Vote to make DC harassment free!

August is right around the corner, and we are excited for several reasons. First, it’s the birthday month of Holla Back DC’s co-founder Chai. Yippee! Second, it’s the month when we get a group of undergraduate interns from George Washington University working with us to see your ideas come to life. And, this August, we have a third reason to celebrate: we are embarking on the Pepsi Refresh Challenge!

The Pepsi Refresh Challenge is a funding competition for organizations and individuals seeking monetary prizes for the most number of votes their ideas can generate. We are in the running for $50,000 to bring RightRides DC, a free and safe ride share program for women and LGBTQ individuals on Friday and Saturday nights. But, to make this a reality, we need to WIN this challenge.

Starting on August 1 (this Sunday), please take a moment to vote for Holla Back DC! every day (including weekends) in August! It’s easy to do and won’t cost you a dime:

1. Go to Holla Back DC! page on the Pepsi website: http://www.refresheverything.com/hollabackdc) (note: this link will not work until Sunday!)

2. Click on Sign-In at the bottom of the page.

3. Sign-in using your Facebook account, or create a new Pepsi account (super easy).

4. Click “Vote.”

5. Vote everyday for the next 30 days.

We want to change the landscape of the DC metro area. We want to make DC safer and prevent public sexual harassment and assault. We want to give people options on how they can get home safely. You want RightRides DC here. Make it happen by voting and sending this email to 10 of your friends.

Before we let you go, fill out this quick survey (http://bit.ly/9ATE2K) to let us know how much we can inform you about Pepsi Refresh over the next month. Thank you for your support, encouragement, and willingness to make change in our nation’s capital!

In solidarity,

HBDC! Team

“STOP”

I was walking from the Arlington County Building to the bus stop this morning, and there’s this man standing outside handing out newspapers. He’s friendly and telling people who walk by to have a nice day, but with me he says a lot more.

I’m not in the mood for a paper, so I walk on a section of the sidewalk further from him, and he decides to approach me.

“God bless you, you are beautiful, mm-hmm, god bless you baby” and other nonsense. The fact that I was clearly uninterested and trying to walk away from him didn’t deter him.

When I saw that walking away wasn’t working, I stopped in my tracks, stared at him coldly, and put up my hand in a “STOP!” gesture. He still went on with the “God bless you, beautiful” mess, but he walked away from me.

I took the attached photo from the “safety” of the bus shelter. Doing that finally wiped that obnoxious smirk off his face. Being told how “beautiful” I am and having all that attention drawn to me when I’m trying to walk to a bus stop just made me uncomfortable.

Submitted by Anonymous on 7/29/2010

Location: Outside the Arlington County Building, Arlington, VA

Do you have a personal experience with gender-based public sexual harassment or assault you would like to submit? Just click here and fill out the online submission form. All submissions are posted anonymously unless you specify

Unbelievable Email

I don’t know if this counts, but just to share it will make me feel better. Recently I broke up with the world’s clingiest man, and predictably he wasn’t happy. In the meantime, I’d taken up nude modeling – I liked doing it, it was fun, and it paid the bills not covered by my minimum wage food service job. What he did, rather than just accept it and move on, was hack into my e-mail account and forward all my correspondences with the photographer I worked with to a whole host of people in my address book, including both my parents and my former manager. I just thank God that he didn’t find my landlord or current manager in there. Anyway, the reaction from my parents was atomic, but beyond that *I* felt completely violated and unsafe. It was like I was wearing a wire for a month after that – I wouldn’t say shit about my life in e-mails or Facebook messages.
I still feel violated. Worst of all, my local police department was too slow on helping me out, so I don’t have the legal proof I need that it was him. He, obviously, denies it vehemently. I feel unsafe and horrible. Whether this counts as sexual harassment or not, it felt like…I don’t know, like emotional terrorism. He set out to humiliate me for really no good reason.

Submitted by Anonymous on 7/29/2010

Location: In my  Home

Time of Harassment: Late Night (12A-5A)

***While this is not public sexual harassment it is a form of abuse and we feel like the poster could use some advice from community members.

Do you have a personal experience with gender-based public sexual harassment or assault you would like to submit? Just click here and fill out the online submission form. All submissions are posted anonymously unless you specify

Why Are You Following Me?

Photo by Mymetrostop via Flickr

Leaving the Gallery Place – Chinatown Metro by MCI Center. 7pm. I wanted Chipolte. Because the line was too long, I decided to go to FuddRuckers. As I began to walk down the street, I hear this male hollering expletives and talking about trying to get with a woman. Even though I hear him, I never acknowledge noises or general conversations of others outside a social setting. The male begins persuing me (his trash talk is getting louder). I quickly cross the street and he nearly gets hit by oncoming cars trying to follow me. He cuts me off while I was walking to the restaurant. I ran his foot over with my wheeled suitcase. I am not the one!

Location: Gallery Place – China Town Metro area

Time of Harassment: Night (7:30P-12A)

Do you have a personal experience with gender-based public sexual harassment or assault you would like to submit? Just click here and fill out the online submission form. All submissions are posted anonymously unless you specify

Young Escalator Creep

Last August, a young man in skater type clothing stood on the still escalators and kept motioning me to spread my legs (I was wearing a skirt). I was one of 2 people in the car and he was in line-sight from me. It took me some time to realize what he was doing and when i did the doors shut. It was disgusting.

Submitted by Kendra Sand on 7/28/2010

Location:Vienna Metro Station

Do you have a personal experience with gender-based public sexual harassment or assault you would like to submit? Just click here and fill out the online submission form. All submissions are posted anonymously unless you specify

Violated On The Orange Line

As I got on the orange line train at 8am towwards New Carrolton with another young lady, a middle aged  man was eager to get off the car. He was dressed in a faded green shirt, blue addidas-type pants and black soccer shoes with cleats (possibly). Once we were on, he got right back on after us. Even though there was space in the car, his kept pressing his body flush against mine. When I looked down he had a boner- he wasn’t shy or embarrassed and he never made eye contact- he just looked down at my butt. Another guy saw I was uncomfortable and moved to make room for me. This man in the green shirt got off at the next stop but I saw him get into another car. I reported the incident to a metro employee who said she’d run a lookout on the radio but she barely asked for any information and didn’t ask for my name, though I gave it to her anyway. The worst part is that in these incidents, I always get angry afterwards and feel guilty f or not reacting and yelling in the moment; however, in the moment, I just want to get away and I am in disbelief that this is even happening. So, I get to feel violated, guilty for not saying anything and unassisted by authorities before 9am on a Wednesday and for the rest of the week…

Submitted by Kendra Sand on 7/28/2010

Location: On the Orange line train heading to New Carrollton between Courthouse and Rosslyn

Time of Harassment:Morning Rush Hour (5A-9:30A)

Do you have a personal experience with gender-based public sexual harassment or assault you would like to submit? Just click here and fill out the online submission form. All submissions are posted anonymously unless you specify

Awesome Song About Street Harassment

We found this  posted on the Hollaback NYC blog and we thought it would be a good way to start off the day. So check out pretty much the greatest song about street harassment…ever!

If you want to read the lyrics or learn more about the awesome creator  then be sure to check out her blog, here!