Story, verbal

HOLLA ON THE GO: Harassed while waiting for the bus

I was waiting for the B9 bus around 10:30. I was wearing enormous, sound proof headphones, and was reading a book.

A guy tapped me on the shoulder to ask if I knew when the bus was coming–I was friendly, told him, and then put my headphones back on.

He proceeds to continually tap me to try and “compliment” me, ask me out, push for me to hang out with him. Even after I politely declined and put my headphones on, he stared at me constantly.

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Shar’s Story: “Do I deserve to be sexually harassed because of what I’m wearing?”

Walking to buy some shoes the other day and this guy walks past me in a crowded area ( I did not get a good look at him ) and says

“nice pussy”

and I respond by yelling, “EWWWW, gross!,” and keep walking.

He then yells, “NO! You are, because you’re showing your pussy.” Seriously? I deserve to be sexually harrassed because of what I’m wearing? ( not that it matters but it was leggings and a tshirt btw )

And then I yell, “Fuck you bitch!”

Does this happen often to people because I got a comment like similar to this last year.

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HOLLA ON THE GO: Two teenagers on skateboards

I was walking on the Hudson Greenway by 10th St. when a teenager and his friends ride up near me on their skateboards. One of them said “Do you have any black in you? Do you want some?” They rode off, but the one who said it kept staring back. I get that they’re kids, but it’s inexcusable.

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Story, verbal

HOLLA ON THE GO: Two guys yelled at me as I passed in a dress

Didn’t stop because they were threatening

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HOLLA ON THE GO: Gas station creep

I was pumping gas and attached to the station was a garage. The mechanics stopped working on a car and started whistling and yelling “hey hey”. I ignored them and proceeded to pump my gas. When that didn’t work the mechanic then got a chair and sat next to my car whistling to me like a dog and talking about my “fine ass” in my dress and sticking his tongue out in a sexual way. When I got in my car to leave he then went back to work.

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HOLLA ON THE GO: Driving home

Driving home from work, two guys in a silver minivan shouting at me through my open window, right before I turn in to my street that Iive on. Whistling, shouting “terms of endearment”. I did not know them. I just want to drive home safely after work.

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Story, verbal

A.D.’s Story: Empowered

Every time I walk by Key Foods in the East Village on my way to work, the men loading food verbally harass me. On this morning, I decided enough was enough and when the pictured man said “good morning beautiful” in a suggestive manner, I turned around and asked to speak to his supervisor. I told him I would report him because his behavior was inappropriate. A woman behind me immediately came to my defense. She told the men that their behavior was sexual harassment and she encouraged me to take a picture of the harasser. She and I talked about how we experience this every time we pass the intersection and how disrespectful the men were. She encouraged me to report their behavior to the manager, which I did, even though it made me late to work. I asked the manager to give them a warning and he apologized for their behavior. When I left the store, I saw the woman again outside and she made me feel really empowered for actually reporting street harassment and I want to thank her for her support.

I don’t want anyone to get fired because of me so I didn’t actually show the photo I took to the manager. I hope that a warning from him will be at least a step in the right direction to show these men that their behavior is unacceptable and needs to stop.

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nonverbal harassment, Story, verbal

Sara’s Story: Unwanted kiss

There’s a group of guys that skulk around the corner of 31st and 8th, by Jimmy’s. Usually, they just shout things like “Hey mama” or “Mmm, girl,” but last night, one of them wormed through a crowd between me and them and kissed my ear, sneaking back into the crowd before I could turn around to see who it was.

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Christine’s Story: Staring contest

While waiting for the train this morning, a man asked me the time. I told him “9:30” and kept it moving. There was a timeclock in the station; He didn’t need to bother me. He followed me down the platform and attempted to engage me in a staring contest. I moved to a different part of the platform and he followed. I got on the train and he followed me around the train car. I abruptly stopped and walked to the other side. The man then continued the staring contest but with a different female. I started blatantly taking pictures of him with my phone. He ended up switching train cars two stations later.

No one should have to endure constant verbal sexual harassment. No one should be uncomfortable every single day on their way to work. Complimenting my body while I am just trying to get to my job is not flattering or endearing. It horrifies me how many of my male friends think that it is ok, that I should be happy because I’m “young and pretty, and when you get old you’ll wish men were looking at you.” No I will not. I would never give the time of day (pun intended) to someone who wants to talk to me solely because of how I look. Compliment my mind before you try to get inside my body.

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Story, verbal

Christine’s Story: Kiss noises

While walking to the grocery store around 730PM Wednesday night, a man turning the corner started making kiss noises at me with his mouth. He proceeded to follow me a block a half continuing the noises before I abruptly stopped and turned around. He looked startled but continued on his way.
I shouldn’t have to alter my route to the grocery store to accommodate verbal sexual harassment. I should be able to feel safe while walking just a few blocks from my home to buy myself some food. This needs to stop. It’s breaking me inside.

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