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Hollaback! is a movement dedicated to ending street harassment. Street harassment occurs on a daily basis all over the world, and indeed all over London. The term ‘Street harassment’ is used to describe sexual harassment which takes place in public spaces, and refers to behaviour such as staring, commenting, shouting, following, touching, grabbing, groping, flashing, assault, and violence.
At HollabackLDN we were inspired by the work of Emily May and Hollaback in the USA who fight to combat the lived reality of street harassment in its many and varied forms, that we experience in our own city of London.
Knowing that you are not alone, and that this behaviour is not just something you have to ignore, is the first step to making it unacceptable. The current social situation perpetuates the idea that women-identified bodies are public property, are somehow on offer, and that harassment, abuse, assault and daily fear is just the price we pay for being female. HollabackLDN believe that everyone has the right to feel safe, confident and attractive; guilt free.
This site is a resource to allow people to share their stories without being victims, as well as to highlight just how often it happens, and to work on what we’re going to do about it; together. Working with other groups in London such as the ASH Campaign and Rape Crisis, as well as in our own communities, we hope to combat the attitudes that lead to this behaviour and the outdated cultural norms that some say make it ‘okay.’
We are here to abolish the cultural acceptance of sexual harassment. So far we’ve run workshops, marched with thousands of other feminists at Reclaim the Night and collaborated with creative young men and women on an independent self-produced publication (Langdon Olgar) while working together to make London’s streets a safe and amazing place to be. Join us!
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