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Hollaback! Boston publishes every post we receive, and does not pass judgment on the circumstance – if a person feels they have been harassed, regardless of the context, we believe it is important to offer a forum to share that story. Encouraging discourse about street harassment as it is experienced in the Hub is our goal. We reserve the right to edit your submission for clarity, and to remove potentially offensive language that addresses race, class or other defining characteristics that perpetuate stereotypes about street harassment and marginalized people. We also will not include specific references to businesses, but we will reach out to named businesses with your story to ask them to address the issue.
And, let’s be clear—Hollaback!’s story sharing apps and form are not just for white women. We want your stories of witnessing street harassment, or stepping in as a bystander; we want to know how your identity as a gay man or a woman of color is intersecting with the harassment you face on the streets of Boston; we want to hear about how your disability (or perceived disability) or your body type or gender presentation or age are used as openings for objectification and harassing behavior. Sharing your stories ensures that our team, our communities and our leaders can listen, learn and do more.