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Good Night Out is the first ever coordinated national action around safety on nights out – calling on bars, pubs, venues and clubs to improve their safety policies by signing a pledge and undergoing staff training, with extra advice and support available. We have a brand new website here which tells you more.
Good Night Out has now launched nationally with regional organisers hard at work across the UK and Ireland in Sheffield, Edinburgh, Norwich and Norfolk, Bristol, Glasgow, Nottingham, Brighton, Galway, Limerick, and the Medway towns in Kent, with more cities signing up every day! Lots of these are existing Hollaback teams bringing GNO to their towns and cities.
Venues undergo specialist Good Night Out training thats practical and focussed on how to respond to harassment and avoid victim blaming, and displaying customised posters with the pledge:
We’re now 69% of the way there with our crowdfunding. As an independent and unfunded campaign run by volunteers around the UK and Ireland and surviving on donations, we REALLY need this cash so we can make an impact in the coming year.
With this money, we’ll print customised posters, pay our graphic designer and web design volunteers, improve our website and maybe even be able to MEET some of our regional organisers instead of just Skyping! We’ll continue to build on our partnerships and push this issue right up the agenda.
Today we launched a crowd-funding page to raise £5000 to bring Good Night Out, our anti-harassment campaign to cities around the UK and Ireland. Watch the campaign video and find out more here.
The first ever coordinated national action around safety on nights out from Hollaback London – the Good Night Out campaign calls on bars, pubs, venues and clubs to improve their safety policies by signing a pledge and undergoing staff training, advice and support.
Good Night Out will launch nationally during Fresher’s Week 2014 in Sheffield, Edinburgh, Oxford, Bristol, Glasgow, Nottingham, Brighton, Galway, Limerick, and the Medway towns in Kent, with more cities signing up every day.
Piloted in London since March, venues in London including fabric, The Old Blue Last, Birthdays, Village Underground, University of London, Dance Tunnel, Dalston Superstore, The Lexington and more have already signed up to the campaign, undergoing the Good Night Out training and displaying posters with the pledge: “If something or someone makes you feel uncomfortable, no matter how minor it seems, you can speak to any member of staff who will work with you to make sure it doesn’t have to ruin your night.”
Tyvian Vigrass, Operations Manager at Village Underground in Shoreditch says of the campaign: ”Having been in the industry for over 20 years it’s refreshing to still be able to learn valuable skills and techniques when dealing with sensitive issues such as those brought to our attention by Good Night Out. This valuable insight to such an important but sometimes overlooked issue was unanimously applauded by the staff team, and we are proud to be a supporter of Good Night Out and their campaign to raise awareness among staff and punters in late night establishments.”
Bryony Beynon, co-director of the campaign, says “Since launching in March we’ve been overwhelmed by support for the campaign from London’s night-time economy, who’ve sent a clear message to their punters that whether it’s sleazy comments, groping, leering, sexual assault or homophobic attacks, harassment will not be tolerated. The message from the rest of the country is loud and clear – they want this! We’ve created a UK and Ireland-wide network of organisers ready to end this kind of behaviour for good. We’ve already achieved big things with zero funding, and have the experience and knowledge to make this modest amount of cash go very far.”
Find out more about the Good Night Out Campaign and donate at http://igg.me/at/goodnightout
If you’re a venue or are interested in bringing the campaign to your area, get in touch!
New submission from Lili
Last night about 8:45 08/10/14 I was stood before the stairwell on the 29 Bus near Camden, three guys got on near Camden Rd Overground station and stood around me one to either side one in front of me, one then said “bet theres some seats upstairs” to the man to my right, he then (I could feel him leering at me) said “yeah, if we climb up and see…. are you a good climber princess?” (to me)
He was so gross, they were in their mid 20s, quite big and thuggish looking, I just sighed and moved past them further into the bus, there were a lot of people on board so they didn’t say anything else, but I was left feeling slightly nauseous, who says random crap like that to complete strangers? I’m glad I moved away at least.
I was cycling back home around 9:30pm, it was dark and the cycle lane on Cable Street almost completely empty. I stopped at a traffic light when suddenly a man appeared on my side and touched my arm and held his hand there. I panicked, not knowing if he’s trying to mug me or attack me, I turned around to look at him and he was just broadly smiling, his hand still on my arm. I felt so violated but also helpless, so shaken I didn’t know what to do. For him it was just something to smile about, ffs
I know Hollaback is for London but reading about this initiative has made me feel more empowered living in Switzerland. Some months ago I survived a serious sexual assault (in Asia of all places) and it has really made me so aware of all the crap I have put up with from random men on the street over the years and I am just not doing it any more! Today as I walked back by the lake on a busy street a random man started speaking to me inviting me to a party (all in French). I made out I did not speak French, spoke to him in English. He told me it was my lucky day as he spoke English. I told him I don’t talk to strangers. He told me it was an opportunity for me to change my ways and make a connection with him and go for a drink. I told him (both verbally and with some pretty obvious hand signals) that this is my space, this is your space, back off. He told me he thought I must be having a bad day. I told him (and I really meant this) that I could not care less what he thought and finally he backed down as I crossed the street. Fascinating that because I do not want to go for a drink with an unknown man I must be having a bad day! Had I not read about ihollaback, I’m not sure I would have had the courage to act the way I did today but thanks to you I feel I have the right not to engage with men I do not want to and to be able to walk the streets of my neighbourhood without being forced to have conversations with men I do not know. Thank you!
New submission from Holly
Today I was mocked and taunted by a group of male football friends outside Millers Pub in Kings Cross today because of the way I was dressed. The 30+ people drinking outside the pub watched and laughed at me as they did so. One of the group then slapped a football sticker hard on my back as I walked past. When I confronted them they either denied their behaviour or said ‘it was a bit of fun’. The landlord of the pub saw it all, and even though he said he would back up my story if i went to the police, he let everyone carry on drinking and didn’t caution anybody for antisocial behaviour.
A group of women smirked as they saw me in distress and no passers-by stopped even though i was shouting at my harassers and trying to assert myself.
Approximately 10 minutes later I saw that a police van had arrived at the pub as there had obviously been some other trouble so i went to file a complaint with them. They pretty much said that this kind of ‘mass’ behaviour was tricky to deal with as they couldn’t pinpoint any one perpetrator. They said it was down to the landlord’s ‘moral compass’ to determine whether they should be asked to leave. They then made some sweeping, bordering on racist statements about the north/south divide and described the incident as ‘childish northern football culture’! they then attempted to reassure me by saying that ‘police get taunted too!’ …..what a joke!
I couldn’t care less about what people think of my dress sense, but the lack of support by everyone around and the cruelty inflicted on a young woman by a group of fully grown men angers and saddens me beyond belief….
New submission from stephanie
I was about to leave my friends house when I spotted a group of boys sat on her wall, directly next to the gate. I sighed because I knew they were going to say something before they did. I slipped through the gate uncomfortably feeling their eyes watching me as my back turned. I could feel one of them leer at me as he shouted ‘alright pretty’ and I ignored. He then started shouting OI aggressively and I let out a nervous laugh because I could not believe this loser thought he even had a chance. He then shouted ‘OI DON’T WALK AWAY AND LAUGH AT ME. RUDE BITCH’ in a very serious hasty tone as if I owed him something, as if I AM EXPECTED to stop in my tracks every time some lowlife fancies the look of me. I knew his reaction was because his friends were in front of them, nevertheless I wonder who parents these types of boys. I get this harassment daily in London and sometimes I fear that I will lose my temper and get rude back as I have done before. This makes me feel vulnerable as a woman because these types of men do not like to be embarrassed and feel some sort of self entitlement and they will punish, verbally or physically any girl who dares to reject their advances.
New submission from RC
This happened a couple of weeks ago. I live on a quiet street in a nice area, and though I’ve been cat-called/leered at in other parts of London, I had never experienced it in my area before.
My grandma had died unexpectedly the day before, and I left my house mid-morning to travel out to see my parents and help them prepare for the funeral. I was wearing jeans and a jacket, not that it matters. I noticed three young men half way down the street, but paid them not notice. However, they all stared at me as I walked past, and the minute I was passed them started saying things like “look at that ass”, “I definitely would”, “yeah, shake that”.
Normally I have head phones in, so pretend I don’t hear this kind of thing and ignore it. This time I didn’t. I walked on for a couple of seconds, but then realised how furious I was that they felt entitled to interrupt my grief by commenting on my body. I turned around and shouted “fuck off; my grandma just died!”. They looked embarrassed and started to mumble how they were just trying to complement me by saying I looked nice. I walked away still feeling furious, but stronger.