Immaterial Grrl: Student Blog Post

Student blogger Immaterial Grrl raised their voice and posted their views on stalking for a class project. Check out their post here: Immaterial Grrl: Funny You Should Mention Stalking

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Sexism, Verbal

Harasser Appologizes to Presumed Boyfriend for Harassing Sandra

Recently I was away in America, but I’ve had very similar situations happen here at home in Calgary.

I was waiting for my male friend in the hallway outside the restrooms. I was amusing myself by looking at some very interesting old photographs that had been framed along the halls. Almost subconsciously (because it’s happened so often) I was ignoring another young male who was very clearly intoxicated and was trying to get my attention. I continued to wander looking at the pictures continuing to ignore his cat calls, when finally he decided to get up off his stool and approach me.

As he approached (again this happen so often that I was not alarmed) my male companion had come out of the bathroom and join me in the hall. Well, it was the exact moment that this cat caller had made the adventure all the way to me. At that point the cat caller realized I was with a man (this was not a boy friend, just a male friend).

The very drunk cat caller then proceeded to apologize to my male friend for approaching me. This included fist bumps and jeering, a lot of “Sorry, Man”… and laughs…. I was not laughing.

Initially I didn’t think too much of this because it’s such a common occurrence but the fact is is the man was apologizing to the other man for approaching me, harassing me and what ever else he had in mind.

This was offensive on many levels.

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Stalking, Verbal

Stalker in Saskatoon

Walking down a residential street mid afternoon in Saskatoon, SK. I was followed by a man who began to call to me. He followed me and it went on for many blocks while I called 911 and had them on the phone urging them to hurry and get to me because I eventually was running.

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International Survey on Street Harassment

Investigating Street Harassment: Internationally!

Hollaback is a movement to end street harassment powered by a network of local
activists around the world. Hollaback has teamed up with Cornell University’s
ILR School professor Beth Livingston to study the experiences and impacts of
street harassment internationally, through cooperation with Hollaback’s many local
activism sites.

What are we doing? On October 15th, online surveys were launched in countries on
six continents, translated into multiple languages. Links to these surveys will be
tweeted, blogged, facebook’ed and emailed worldwide with the hope of gathering
data on street harassment that can be used to better understand its impacts in an
international context. Links specific to your location are provided below.

What can you do to help? Complete a survey! Send the link on to others who may or may not be familiar
with the movement. The more respondents—men, women, and all gender identifications—the better.

What can you expect? The survey asks about demographics, experiences with
harassment, reactions to it, and other questions. It is completely anonymous.
Summary reports and press releases can be expected early in 2015.

What if I have questions? You can ask your site leader in your local area, or reach out to Hollaback!
([email protected]). If you want more info on the survey itself, contact Prof. Beth
Livingston ([email protected]).


– For more information check out : more survey details!

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Other, Sexism, Verbal

Threatened By Group of Men in Downtown Calgary- Margaret’s Story

Walking at lunch along a crowded stretch in downtown YYC (I am a middle-aged woman and was dressed in business attire). I was called “a fucking bitch” and threatened with assault by a group of 7-8 men.

THANK YOU to the male bystander who saw these men get in my face and approached a uniformed parking attendant to say it wasn’t OK.

THANK YOU to the parking attendant for going above and beyond her duties to stay with me while I collected myself and for helping me get to my destination safely.

Going to Scotia Centre at 12:00 noon in bustling downtown Calgary shouldn’t be a terrifying experience because you are woman. I can only imagine what could have happened if had been 12:00 at night….

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Harassment is Simple- Brittney’s Story

I was walking to the LRT when two guys yelled out to me, “he likes your thighs”. Harassment is simple.

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Shannon: Just Wants a Morning Run in Peace

I was out for a morning run when two 40+ guys rode by on their bikes and one said to his buddy “I passed you so that I could check this jogger out.” By the time I realized what he said they were long gone and I couldn’t say or do anything but feel like complete shit. It’s October so I was completely covered up. I don’t understand why they did that, I’m just a kid. I wish I hadn’t realized what he said at all…

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Groping, Other, Stalking

Groped on the Calgary Transit- Faya’s Story

I was at a bus stop on 17th avenue. I waited patiently for the bus when a gent came and sat directly beside me on the bench. He was mumbling to himself, uttering things like “You’re really pretty.” I paid no mind to it. Once the bus showed up, I got on the bus and he immediately followed. This man sat directly beside me on an empty bus. He sat so close his leg was touching mine. Another man on the bus confronted him and asked if I needed help. I told him that I could handle it. I told the guy to move multiple times only to have him edge his way closer to me. Once my stop came up I stood up and began to walk off the bus only to have him grab my ass in the process. I turned around and slammed his face into a pole on the bus (the ones you use to keep your balance while standing). His face was immediately covered in blood. I looked down at him and said “don’t touch me ever again” and walked off the bus.

This incident made me both empowered and afraid. I don’t want to deal with this type of situation ever again but I know I’ll have to because people like this still exist. (Thank you to the guy who helped me! Your gesture was very much appreciated)

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*Note:  Although Hollaback Alberta does not encourage violence in response to harassment, we maintain our website as a platform for people to share their experiences. All posted experiences are valued and shed light on the issues surrounding street harassment or any kind of sexual harassment in the public space.

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