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Hollaback! Against Campus Harassment

Hollaback! Against Campus Harassment

 

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Hollaback! written my Emily May.

I grew up on a pretty steady diet of Sesame Street. I moved to New York City from Richmond when I was 18 years old — and as I was exiting my dorm some guy said “hey baby” to me. Assuming New York City was like grown-up Sesame Street, I said “hey” back. He responded, “I want to **** the **** out of you.” The harassment continued throughout my college education, and I figured it was my fault. I didn’t look “tough” enough, and if I was really a strong woman than it wouldn’t hurt so much. But it did.

We started Hollaback! in 2005 thinking that street harassment was an urban problem. Over the past seven years I’ve talked to thousands of college students, and they’ve shown me that street harassment happens all over college campuses. It doesn’t matter how big or small the campus is, or if it’s in a rural or urban area. Studies show that51% of college men admit to harassing their female counterparts, which of course means the reality is much, much worse.

My sister is going to college next year, and from where I’m sitting enough is enough. In a 2005 study 57% of students said that they wanted an anonymous online reporting platform to address campus harassment. It was by far and away the #1 solution voted for by students. When I called the author of the report, she said that no one ever implemented the recommendation. NO ONE. Luckily, anonymous online reporting is what Hollaback! does best.

This is a long fight — but we’re in it to win it. And with your support, all the baby girls rolling around in strollers today will never have to experience campus harassment the way that we have.

 

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6:47PM PDT on May 23, 2012

Thank you

12:29PM PDT on May 21, 2012

I used to experience harassment in the military. I was on of the first females in an all male brigade. I found the best weapon was humor. Sometimes very cutting humor. Many of the men would rub themselves while staring at my breasts. when they made a comment like Baby if you try me you'll be ruined for all other men I'd reply...."Why are you rubbing yourself..is it so small you have problems locating it?" Depending on the comment I might say: I'm sorry i only date Gentlemen, when you learn some manners come back. Or do you kiss your mother with that mouth or What would your wife say? Once the guys knew they couldn't reduce me to tears or embarrass me without the risk of them being embarrassed it stopped. Some even became good friends.

I don't think you can stamp out this type of behavior. But you can defend yourself with it. Making boys see that this kind of behavior doesn't get them dates changes their behavior. But I see alot of girls who think cat calls are positive attention and they do date these guys. Saddly I see girls doing it to boys yet that seems to be acceptable.

9:21PM PDT on May 20, 2012

Noted with thanks.

11:03AM PDT on May 20, 2012

Good one Ken!

12:12PM PDT on May 19, 2012

Two thing that are AWESOME Girls and Pit Bulls you got to love them both !!!

10:43AM PDT on May 19, 2012

Hollaback .. we all need to !

10:31AM PDT on May 19, 2012

All good people need to stand up! Thanks for movement.

10:15AM PDT on May 19, 2012

Thank God for you and The Hollerback! Movement.

8:30AM PDT on May 19, 2012

Hollaback! Against Campus Harassment.

It would be interesting to see where the greatest injustices are perpetrated in American society: on the basis of race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.

8:27AM PDT on May 19, 2012

I wish more silent male onlookers would step up and be men: shout down the spitwads that go around verbally attacking women? If only more men said, "Hey, man, STFU, that is NOT cool. You aren't impressing anyone!"

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