Story, verbal

HOLLA ON THE GO: Truck Driver to Cyclist

This man relentlessly cat called me in midtown traffic while I was in a cab next to his truck. It was about five minutes of continuous attempts to get my attention.

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groping, Story

HOLLA ON THE GO: Violation

Just going to the bar to get a drink and some creep thinks it’s okay to put his hands all over my ass.

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Story, verbal

HOLLA ON THE GO: Relentless

Can’t even buy groceries without being yelled at.

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assault, stalking, verbal

Skylar’s Story: A Poem

I’m not your honey
Your babe or your boo
I’m on my way to work
Got me a job to get to
So why are you yelling
These ‘compliments’ at me
And why am I ungrateful
I mean c’mon, seriously
You’re being so explicit
With what you’d like to do
And I’m meant to play along
And accept your leering too
But see, here’s the thing
It’s not flattering to me
Intimidating, yes
Disrespectful, definitely
Oh, now I’m a bitch
‘Cos I’m not joining in your game
If I was your daughter
Would you still say the same
What gives you the right
To be so nasty and so crude
Can’t you see it’s not nice
Just unwelcome and damn rude
But seriously, enlighten me
I want to understand
Does this help you feel good
Make you more of a man
Does seeing me embarrassed
Add some humour to your day
Is intimidating women
A victory in some way
I’m not asking for attention
Simply walking down the street
So why are you behaving
Like you’re totally on heat
I’m not here for your amusement
I’m not your plaything, nor your ho
My status and my destination
Are not things you need to know
Can we stop with the insults
Say goodbye to the abuse
I’m intelligent and smart
I’ve got a brain I like to use
Stop, wait a second
Please think before you speak
Quit adding to the cat calls
I’ve been hearing them all week
It’s not only me
That hears the words
That you shout
The boy walking behind me
Heard the holler you put out
He’s not quite yet seven
But he’s the next generation
He’s taking it all in
Getting a street education
He’s learning it’s ok
To taunt females as they pass
To tell them, ‘hey there baby,
I want a piece of that ass’
Guys, you can do better
You can change this
Pave the way
Stop adding to the heckles
Let us go about our day
Consider what you say
Before your words hit the air
Be the good example
Leave the sexist jibes right there

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HOLLA ON THE GO: Running Late To Work…

Running (literally) late to work; dude (late 20s) says good morning to friend/acquaintance twice his age, then asks me, “hey what’s up”; older friend/acquaintance (late 50s/early 60s) checks me out.

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groping, nonverbal harassment, stalking, Story, verbal


I am a black female who’s experienced street harassment for my weight and style of dress for almost 20 yrs. I’ve had insults yelled at me even from cars and from across streets, laughter, oinking/mooing sounds, being told to “get my fat ass out the way” by drivers in motion and having objects thrown at me. Aside from that I’ve encountered lewd comments being stated or yelled at me, being followed and having my hand/arm grabbed!

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racist, Story, verbal

“I Hope this Program Raises Awareness and Strength to Stand Up.”

Walking to my job before 7 I always pass a group of men waiting at their construction site and have never had an issue. Last week walking by a man asked me to “Shake it for him mami” and when I kept walking (faster away) he said “Fine! Whatever it’s a compliment” to which I finally felt confident enough to repy a loud “FUCK OFF” back to him.

I hope this program raises awareness and strength to stand up

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stalking, Story, verbal

Briana’s Story: From “Beautiful” to “Stuck Up”

I get harassed every single day. It doesn’t matter if I wear sweatpants, glasses and no makeup or if I’m going to work and am dressed up. This one particular night I was walking home at around 10:30pm on a Friday night. This younger man on a bike came up to me and said “Hey beautiful” to which I just ignored him as usual. He continued to ride next to me calling me a “Stuck up bitch” because I wouldn’t respond to him. He then began screaming that to me when we came to a stoplight where a group of people were. At this point I tried to call my boyfriend and father who both didn’t pick up at the time. The man noticed I was trying to call people and responded by saying” Your boyfriend won’t pick up because he’s banging some other chick because you’re a stuck up bitch.” He continued to follow me as I got on the phone with my girlfriend who stayed on the line with me. At this point I was terrified and clutching my mace. He then sped ahead of me to a pizza shop on the corner where a few of his friends must have been and they all just watched me. I got to my corner and sprinted to my door and got inside. It is so sad that a girl can’t walk home anymore without worrying about being harassed or worse.

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Story, verbal

Alyssa’s Story: Creep

I’m a Starbucks fanatic, and I used to go quite often to the one on Richmond Avenue next to Marshalls. For some time though, I was very uncomfortable going. Most of the shops in that plaza had hired security guards from a private company. The Guards usually stationed themselves in GameStop (when it was there), between Dicks and the atm, and inside Starbucks. There was one in particular who used to constantly harass me. Yell out things to me when he’d see me walking in the parking lot. Things like “you’re beautiful” and “what’s your name?”, “how are you today?”. I went from ignoring him, to telling him to leave me alone. I live in this neighborhood, and was always in Starbucks, so to feel as if I couldn’t walk around there by myself was crippling. It wasn’t until I started yelling the word “creep” to him, with other Starbucks patrons watching, did he actually stop. I have no idea what gives a man/person the idea that it’s alright to talk to someone like this, but it has to stop.

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nonverbal harassment, Story, verbal

Rachel’s Story: “Sexual harassment in NYC must be stopped.”

I’ve lived in NYC for almost two years now. I’ve had to adapt to just ignoring the rude remarks and stares men give me as I walk by, but sometimes enough is enough. Once I was waiting for the light to turn green so I could cross the street. As I was waiting some men on the corner across from me were yelling “Now that’s a body. Damn girl, why don’t you come over here? etc.” They were so loud I could hear them through the music in my headphones. I was just wearing jeans, tshirt, and leather jacket.
Another time I was walking to get some ice cream and a car slow down by me and they guy inside was asking me to “hop on in” and made sexual gestures with his hands. When I flipped him off, he got mad and offensive.
The list goes on, sexual harassment in NYC must be stopped.

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