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HOLLA On the Go: Followed

When I was 13 a group of about 5 or 6 creepy men (late 20s maybe early 30s) were screaming at me from across the park about my “tits” and I was walking away and they started following me.

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“Get off the street you dirty whore!” | Amy’s Story

I was riding my bike through the intersection of Beech & Elm near Davis Square when a car almost hit me when turning right. The driver screamed out his window “You fucking cunt!” I was SO shocked that I had no response. As he drove down the street, he yelled out his window again “Get off the street you dirty whore!” I started crying because I was so stunned and shocked to be called those names. I’m pissed because now I ride even MORE carefully than before in fear that I will be screamed at by another angry man who thinks because I’m a woman, he can use that language.

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“When I start to reply with “No, I’m…” he then runs his hand up my arm and then cops a feel of my breast.” | Mary’s Story

I was visiting the Boston area for the first time on a business trip where I was training new employees. The training ran late, and for dinner I went straight to a bar near my hotel without changing, so I was still wearing work clothes. I was in a strange city, so I purposely made sure to sit at the bar where the bartender would always see me, immediately next to the wall, thinking no one would bother me there.

As I’m finishing dinner, a man walks up to me, claiming he’s the owner of the restaurant/bar, telling me I’m beautiful and wants to buy me a drink. I decline, saying I’m not drinking anything, but thanks. He then tells me “well, if you change your mind, I’ll be here…” and walks away. Thinking that’s the end of it, a few minutes later, I get up to use the restroom. The earlier guy is now preoccupied with another woman but his friend has now taken interest in what I’m doing. “Let me buy you a drink” he says. When I start to reply with “No, I’m…” he then runs his hand up my arm and then cops a feel of my breast. I immediately pull my arm away and go off to the restroom, where I call my best guy friend, even though he’s a thousand miles away. I tell him what has just happened, followed by “If you don’t hear from me in 15 minutes, saying I’m safe in my hotel room, I need you to call the police in Billerica and tell them what just happened.” My “friend’s” response? “Well, what are you wearing?” I groaned and said “Does it really f***ing matter, never mind” and called another male friend instead.

I leave the restroom with a scowl, and the groping man sees me and, grinning, says “hey, there you are, don’t be mad” and I just keep walking. Behind me, I hear someone (I’m assuming him) say “Bitch”. I ask for my tab, with the ugliest look on my face I can muster, then once I’ve paid it, storm out of the restaurant to my hotel, holding all of my keys between my fingers. I made it home safely, but immediately cried in the hotel room.

I was wearing what I always wear to work, with 12 hour old makeup that had probably worn completely off. I wasn’t *trying* to look glamorous. I simply wanted my first food in 10 hours at 10 PM and to be left alone.

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HOLLA On the Go: Creepshots

Middle aged man on the BU bridge was taking creepshots of young women with his digital camera.

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“Thanks for making my lunch break uncomfortable, buddy!” | Caryn’s Story

One of many…I could post to this site everyday! I think I’m going to.

Tuesday while I was out to lunch I was walking to the deli. I’m coming around the corner out to Broadway when I hear “oh my god you’re gorgeous!” coming from traffic, so I shoot a dirty look, a death look actually, over my shoulder to the car of the cat caller, to which he then responds “you’re beautiful!”. I threw my hands up in the air and just screamed “STOP IT!” in the middle of Everett Sq full of people because it was voting day. Thanks for making my lunch break uncomfortable, buddy!

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“I passed by, trying to make myself look confident and not attackable/approachable, as I often do now.” | Kaitlin’s Story

Walking to the train from my first workshop on street harassment, I had to pass next to a line of men sitting and standing around benches, or else walk in the street. An older man said “hey beauty” as I passed by, trying to make myself look confident and not attackable/ approachable, as I often do now. I really had to catch a train, so all I said was “fuck yourself,” as I passed. Not the best phrase in my experience, as far as the comebacks that particulay saying incites, but it was the first thing I thought of. I don’t need some guy in a group I’ve never met commenting on my appearance out of nowhere at eight o’clock at night, as I’m just going about my business.

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HOLLA On the Go: “What?”

Some dudes chanted “three white girls, goin’ to the club!” at my friends and I while walking home. What?

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“I was terrified that he would talk to me again if not get out of his car.” | Vida’s Story

I am 14 and have dealt with a lot of cat calls and honking since I was around 11 years old. The other day I was walking back from my friends house which is only two blocks down the street to have dinner. I have experienced a ton of cat calls this summer especially, more than I’d ever had before, so it was on my mind and I was texting my friend to keep occupied. As I was walking two cars honked at me in a row which caught me off guard at first but I saw it as pretty normal. Then as I was only a block away a car drove past, a man shouting “Damn babe, nice ass”, and he made eye contact with me as I ignored it and kept walking. He turned around in the rotary ahead and I was terrified that he would talk to me again if not get out of his car. I ran home and luckily he didn’t see me. It is pretty disturbing how this is a normal thing for a girl as young as me and I don’t feel comfortable walking alone.

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HOLLA On the Go: “He threw a full water bottle at her window when she didn’t indulge his behavior.”

My 19 year old sister was driving home from school on a busy road that leads to the highway. Some jerk started yelling at her out of his car window and making obscene gestures at a stop light. He even threw a full water bottle at her window to scare her when she didn’t indulge his behavior. The light turns green and he proceeds to attempt to RUN HER OFF THE ROAD. She narrowly escapes his sideswipe until he pulls in front of her on the on ramp and slams on his brakes, could have killed her!

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HOLLA On the Go: “You got a man?”

I was walking to my apartment when I noticed a guy walking my way. I didn’t think anything of it at first, but to my dismay he was actually following me. He stops me at the doorway with, “You got a man?” I immediately said, “Yes.” He came back with, “Does he let you have friends?” I was really pissed off at this point so I snapped, “He knows all of my friends.” He finally got the message and went away. Idiot.

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