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Anonymous’ Story: “We Both Ran Away Very Frightened”

One time I was walking with my friend at around 7 o’clock. It was winter time, so it was pretty dark out, and we were heading back home. All of a sudden a man comes up to her and holds her by her shoulders and puts his forehead to hers. At first we were both very surprised and shocked and didn’t know what to do, so we just stood there. Then he was about to kiss her so she pushed him away and we both ran away very frightened. We never walked down that block again in the night time in fear that we may see him again.

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Anonymous’ Story: “What Makes Him Think He Can Say That to 2 Fifteen Year Olds?!”

I was walking with my best friend one night at around 8 o’clock. We were just walking and talking. When the traffic light turned red, a car suddenly stopped not too far from us. One of the passengers in the car decided to open up his door and scream, “Hey shawty shake that ass,” and kept saying really disturbing and perverted things to us. Then he started laughing really loudly and closed his door and drove away. What makes him think he can say that to 2 fifteen year olds?!

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HOLLA ON THE GO: Starting the Day off WRONG

“Nice legs”. Walking down the street at 10:00 am. Sigh.

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HOLLA ON THE GO: Stop Telling Women to Smile

4:00 pm, I was walking down the street, was approached with just another uninvited “you’re so good looking, put a smile on your face.”

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Steph’s Story: “I’m Trying to Walk to Work and You’re Being Disgusting”

A guy about 6 feet tall was sweeping in front of a deli at Lincoln and Washington. He had on a waist apron and a neutral colored striped shirt. At 7:30AM I’m walking north on Lincoln, and as I walk by he says, “Good Morning, Sexy.” I stop and look at him and say, “Don’t say that. It’s the morning. What’s wrong with you? I’m trying to walk to work and you’re being disgusting.”

As I’m saying this he smiles and looks down as he sweeps. Then he stops smiling and starts saying loudly, “Good Morning. Good Morning. Good Morning.” I say, “Go fuck yourself.” And walk away.

I wish I had stopped and asked the other people around if they had witnessed this happening. I want to start doing that. We all should. I want to get everyone’s attention around me when I’m harassed and tell them what happened and ask them to come with me while I say to the harasser, “Stop harassing women.”

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Katie’s Story: “I Hate Being Caught Off Guard”

During my lunch break I had to run some errands to pick up decorations for my friend’s birthday party. My friend’s party was supposed to be “nice,” but it was 90 degrees out so I had on fancy floral shorts and a tank top with low heeled sandals. As I’m crossing the street, I start to notice this low voice right behind me. “How you enjoying that humidity baby? Mmm baby you sexy. Hot.” And it continued for the entire cross and a couple more feet before I turned to look at him. I hate being caught off guard in these types of situations. Afterward, I thought – maybe if I wasn’t wearing heels I wouldn’t have gotten that kind of attention so I bought $5 flip flops. I wish I had the strength and courage to speak up. I also wish anyone in the crowd of people would have heard and helped me stand up for myself. It’s awful.


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HOLLA ON THE GO: “My Father Looked on, Doing Nothing”

I was standing in my doorway talking to my Dad, who was packing the car out on the street. Two middle aged men waked in front of my house. One of them blew kisses at me and pretended to squeeze imaginary breasts. The other one called me “Mamacita” and said crude things in Spanish. I said “Fuck you!” and told them to stop but they kept harassing me. My father looked on, doing nothing. I am 14 years old.

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HOLLA ON THE GO: Harassed on the Road

Driving–guy in a truck making kissing and other lewd gestures.

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Kelly’s Story: “I Am Filled with Anger and Hate”

You see these things on the news or in the paper and you never think it will happen to you. At least you hope it won’t. I was on my way home from work yesterday at 5:30pm and was exiting the Delancey St/Essex St Station (my local station, which I have frequented multiple times a day for many years). As I was riding up the escalator, I felt something touch my behind under my dress.

I whipped around to find a man behind me admiring the sneaky photo of my a** he had just helped himself to with his phone. I was fuming and reached for his phone and tried wrestling it out of his hands. We approached the top of the escalator and he broke free and started running. I tried to chase after him, but he was able to get away. It was degrading, humiliating, and infuriating. I have now been eyeing every man on the street and in the subway with contempt. I am filled with anger and hate, which is upsetting. Hoping this awful feeling will pass soon.

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HOLLA ON THE GO: Creeper on the Sidewalk

There’s a guy literally standing on the street side of the sidewalk leaning on some boxes and leering at all the women and saying to all the women that walk by that nobody smiles at him anymore and we should all smile for him.

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