Monthly Archives: September 2010

Stop Following Us!

I was walking back to the car from Adams Morgan in a group of 5 women, and we passed 2-3 men standing in the little triangular plaza on Columbia Rd. near Euclid St. One of them started walking with us, asking us “What are five girls like you doing out here all alone? Why don’t you have any men with you?” as if he was doing us some kind of favor by following us down the sidewalk. We kept walking, some of us ignoring him and others asking him to please stop following us as his friends behind us laughed. The man kept commenting on our appearances and the fact that we needed some company, until finally I demanded that he stop following us and let us return to our car alone.

He walked back to his friends, but we continued to hear them laughing and shouting loudly at us, following us at a distance for the next couple of blocks. We were all a little bit nervous and freaked out that they continued to follow us, but none of us looked back in case it would encourage them. We passed a couple walking their dog, who turned back to see what the commotion was about, but said nothing to us. They eventually stopped following us and we made it back to the car fine, but were all feeling a little shaken up from the experience.

Submitted by anonymous on 9/29/2010

Location: Columbia Rd. & Euclid St. NW

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

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.

Upcoming LGBTQ Self Defense Class

Looking for  a self defense class? Want to feel safer and more confident as you navigate the public spaces of DC?  Looking for a class that focuses specifically on the risks and vulnerabilities that LGBTQ people face?  Take this upcoming self defense class with Defend Yourself.

From the Defend Yourself website:

What does the class cover?

  • Prevention and awareness: things you can do to prevent or avoid an attack or abuse.
  • Assertiveness and verbal self-defense: using words and body language to stop obnoxious or intrusive behavior and to keep a situation from escalating.
  • Physical self-defense: techniques to end an attack and get to safety.

We will focus on the risks and vulnerabilities that LGBTQ people face. We learn these skills and techniques through discussion, role-plays, exercises, drills and more. This is not a martial arts class. You won’t have to practice for months to learn practical skills. You will go home with techniques you can use immediately.

Who can take the class?
The class is designed for anyone (age 16 and up) who identifies as lesbian-gay-bisexual-trans-questioning-queer-intersex or an ally!

When:

Saturday, October 23, 1-4 pm. It’s at the Emergence Community Arts Collective (www.ecacollective.org) at 733 Euclid Street NW, north of the U street Metro Station and south of the Columbia Heights Metro on the Green Line. It’s across the street fromBanneker High School and Howard University. We’ll be on the second floor.

Cost:

$39 until Oct. 8, $52 after. If you register with a friend/family member, you each get $5 off. There are limited reduced-fee slots for low-income people. Contact us if you can’t afford the full fee.

Find out how to register here.

Needed: Graphic Design Intern

Holla Back DC! has an open position for a Graphic Design Intern. This
intern will work with the staff and Board of Directors to design logos and graphics, business cards, fliers and other materials as needed.

The intern should have previous experience with graphic design. The candidate must be deeply committed to the mission and values of Holla Back DC!, work well in a team, and be able to meet strict deadlines. This is a part-time internship that offers flexibility with hours and the ability to work remotely. Please submit your resume, examples of previous graphic design projects, and three professional references.

Please email your application materials to dchollaback@gmail.com by October 22nd.

Money

I was walking near my apartment on a Saturday night to meet someone. A man on the street asked me to give him money. I used to work for a homelessness organization and now give my time and make sandwiches etc. but do not give out money on the street, so I walked by. He said as I passed “Pretty girl ” after asking for money. Now, I may be a pretty girl, but he has no right to say this to me on the street! Especially after asking me for money.

Submitted by Kate on 9/25/2010

Location: 19th St & M St NW

Time of Harassment: Evening Rush Hour (3:30P-7:30P)

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.

Gimmicks

BE CAREFUL ABOUT this guy who is often found in the area between Farragut Square and Foggy Bottom and uses a variety of costume gimmicks — sometimes he’s the “out-of-work construction worker”, sometimes the “flower seller”, and a friend who works nearby swears she once saw him in some kind of lab coat. There’s also another guy who quietly hangs out near him and sometimes talks with him.

I don’t know how successful he is as a panhandler, considering he keeps up a constant stream of cursing and invective at everyone passing, but especially getting up close to women and bothering them. The picture I took below shows a woman passing him after having to hold up her phone and pointedly ignore his bellowing at her. I know he can be a real danger because my aforementioned friend once responded to him instead of ignoring him and he grabbed her and kissed her on the lips while she shoved him away. I don’t know what to do about this dude!

Submitted by anonymous on 9/23/2010

Location: 20th St. & Pennsylvania Av. NW

Time of Harassment: Evening Rush Hour (3:30P-7:30P)

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.

“Look at the pretty twins.”

A few weeks ago, my coworker and I were walking in Eastern Market to get something to eat when I guy yelled, “hey pretty girls”, “look at the the pretty twins”.   We look nothing alike but both have blond hair so I guess in his eyes, we were twins.  Neither one of us felt like dealing with it so we just kept walking.

Submitted by anonymous on 9/22/2010

Location: near the Eastern Market Metro

Time of Harassment: Day Time (9:30A-3:30P)

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 It Took So Long to Tell You About Pepsi Challenge

Fall is slowly in the air in DC and that always means new notebooks, new pens, and new goals for this year.  Even though we aren’t students anymore, you can’t shake the decades worth of the academic calendar!  But, before we jump into what we’ve been up to we want to say THANK YOU for all your support during the month of August for the Pepsi Challenge.  We are amazed that a small community group of activists got up the ranks to the 60s.  And we helped other groups in trying to reach their goals.  Although we didn’t win, we made a lot of great connections and it bolstered our confidence in this organization.  Thank YOU for all your help, sending the link to your networks, and starting an online community of action takers.  A big, big, big KUDOS to our HBDC! captains. You all rock!

Sorry this didn’t come sooner.  We’ll tell you why.  This September has been jam packed with events and activities for the Holla Back DC! team.  We presented at the National Sexual Assault Conference to a crowd of over 80 individuals who are interested in addressing public sexual assault and harassment in their communities.  We also have done a couple of community forums across DC and garnered more interest for Right Rides DC and the HBDC! Anti-Street Harassment Squad!

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this form.  We plan on starting volunteer corp trainings in the next couple of weeks.

In solidarity,

HBDC! Team (Ben, Carolyn, Chai, Josef, Patti, Paula, Shannon, Stacey)