Don’t have a specific story? Want to share or express yourself in a different way? Submit creative works such as videos, artwork, pictures, poems, stories, essays, or any kind of creative expression that helps reveal that street harassment is not OK. You can submit it via ‘Share Your Story’ or e-mail us at alberta(at)ihollaback.org.
Street Harassment: An Individual Timeline
Created by Marija, Ruth Thangiah, and Andrea Montes Reyes for a Community Service Learning student project at the University of Alberta.
The timeline linked below chronicles one person’s experience with street harassment over many years and how it has affected them. In addition to a personal narrative, statistics are includes from street harassment studies completed around the world. Street harassment is a global issue, a frequent issue, and has a compounding effect on people in our communities.
Story artwork by: Andrea Montes Reyes
This Is How I Feel In the Summer
by: Lauren Alston
Expression Through Artwork
Artwork by M. Leanne
Perspectives on Street Harassment- A Radio Documentary
The Calgary Mount Royal Univeristy student, Lauren Plante, investigates what people on the street think about street harassment. Plante also asks Hollaback Alberta about their initiative to raise awareness and fight against gender-based violence on the streets. Check out this video of the radio documentary:
Because Silence Isn’t Going to Fix It- A Thought from Shannon
My story isn’t exactly harassment, but I think it’s still relevant to the idea of it. Today I was eating breakfast with 2 of my brothers at the table. They were reading the news paper and were talking about a specific story on liposuction. While talking about what liposuction is, one of my brothers said something along the lines of, “Liposuction is where people get fat injected into their faces to look younger. Actually considering it’s only women who do it, (he
continues)… insecure bitches.” I couldn’t believe it! Here is a prime example of hurtful, gender-specific slurs. I thought about all the times I’ve been called a bitch (among other things) for nothing more than the fact that I’m a girl. That’s what inspired me to take action. I told him that it’s rude to call people gender specific slurs, and that I did not want him to say something like that ever again! I also told him “How would you feel if someone called MOM a bitch? How would you feel if someone called ME a bitch?” You don’t use racist slurs and you don’t call a woman a bitch.” (Note: if you’re ever harassed, it’s a good idea to bring the harassers’ mother into the picture. It usually makes them think twice about what they’re doing). Unfortunately, this did not make my brother say that, he understood, or at the very least, apologise. However, he did act all embarrassed (i.e. wouldn’t make eye contact, changing the subject, and he got angry, too). Anyway, I’m glad that I didn’t let this slip, and that my other brother supported me, because silence isn’t going to fix this kind of attitude.
Hollaback Alberta Launch Video
The April 2011 launch video for the Alberta sector of the international Hollaback family.