WHAT IS HOLLABACK?
The real motive of harassment is intimidation. To make its target scared or uncomfortable, and to make the harasser feel powerful. But what if there was a simple way to take that power away by exposing it? You can now use your smartphone or a computer to do just that by documenting, mapping, and sharing incidents of harassment. Join an entire community ready to Hollaback!
Our mission is to build safe, inclusive public spaces by transforming the culture that perpetuates discrimination and violence.
We carry out this mission by building the power of people to create measurable and long-lasting impacts in the movement for gender justice.
We envision a world where all people have the freedom to move through public space, participate in civic life, and reach their full potential.
In this world, women and LGBTQ+ individuals will never face violence and discrimination as they walk down the street, go to school, sit in the park, attend a public protest, or participate online or in media.
We all have the right to be who we are, whatever that means that day, that hour, that minute.
OUR D.B.A.A. (Don’t Be an Asshole) POLICIES:
Replacing sexism with racism is not a proper holla back. Ditto to classism, homophobia, transphobia, and the usage of any other identity signifier. In our experiences, harassment comes from people in every facet of our cultures and every strata of society. We ask that you refrain from referencing the attributes of your harasser because this movement is about changing societal values, not pointing fingers. If you feel those details are important to your story, please make sure its relevance is explained clearly and constructively in your post.
We think that telling your experiences with harassment is an incredibly bold act. We admire the people that have the strength to do it, and we want their experience to be 100% empowering. Too often survivors of sexual and gender-based violence do not get the respect they deserve. That culture stops here, with our short & badass comments policy.
1. No woulda coulda shoulda. Keep any advice you have for what the person should have done in the situation to yourself. We know you’re just trying to help, but street harassment has a way of filling folks with self-doubt and they don’t need your encouragement.
2. No hater language. If you feel a desire to want to leave a comment along the lines of “you deserve it,” or “you’re a bitch/slut/ho” try slapping some sense into yourself instead, ’cause we’re not listening (or posting) that nonsense.
3. Debate ideas, not people’s lives. If we post an idea or a concept on the site that you don’t like, tell us about it. If we post someone’s personal experience on the site that you don’t like, too bad. We think they’re awesome.
For more information or to become a badass volunteer, please email us at seattle.ihollaback.org.