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We’ve got a busy August!

Looking to get involved this summer? We’ve got plenty of opportunities for you to do so!

August 10th. 3pm. Human Rights Monument. Chalk Walk!

Never been to a chalk walk before? Fear not! You just show up with some creative ideas in tow, we provide the chalk and that’s it!

Check out pictures from a past chalk walk here!

CHALK WALK IS WEATHER DEPENDENT. If it’s raining, it’s obviously not conducive to spreading the good word via chalk. Please check the Facebook event page on the day of the event. We will confirm by noon whether we’re good to go!

Everyone & anyone is welcome, regardless of gender, age, ability or artistic talent! Bring your kids, pets, roommates, grandmother. Come one, come all.

Then, we’re heading from our Chalk Walk to The Comic Book Shoppe for the Capital Geek Girls’ Ladies’ Night!

We’ll be tabling, mingling and taking photos of folks with our “Cosplay =/= Consent” sign. Details here!

We’re ending the month on a high note by marching in Ottawa’s Capital Pride Parade! We’re so excited to make our first official appearance at Pride!

Sunday. August 24th. Meet-up at 11am. March begins at 1pm. Rain or shine!

Want to march with us? RSVP on our Facebook event page or send us an e-mail: ottawa@ihollaback.org

Sometime this month, we’ll also be organizing another meeting around election issues! Want to ensure that gender-based violence is a priority in the upcoming municipal election? You can start by circulating our video and information page. But want to take it a step further? Let us know and we’ll add you to our mailing list of folks who are meeting on this issue.

*Phew* We’re exhausted just thinking about it, but we’re mega pumped about organizing, celebrating and reclaiming public space with all ‘yall!
For more information: ottawa@ihollaback.org

 

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New submission: Toria’s story!

I was standing on my balcony listening to the Lady Gaga concert in a pair of shorts and a t shirt. A red Toyota filled with four guys stopped at the intersection and the male passenger in his mid twenties rolled down his window screaming “Put some fucking pants on!”

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New submission: Rebecca’s story!

On Canada Day I was waiting at an intersection downtown for some friends. I was approached by two young men, probably in their early twenties. Only one spoke to me. He asked if I was looking for a date and I politely responded “No, thanks”. He then proceeded to tell me that his friend was available, and describe his friend’s penis. His friend continued to just stand there not doing or saying anything. I again said “I’m not looking for a date”. At this point, he gets out his phone and starts asking for my number, as well as offering his “in case I changed my mind”. At this point I became angry and said in a louder and very firm voice “I’ve told you that I’m not interested, now leave me alone”. Thankfully at this point they backed off, but unfortunately with the man who had been talking to me making it into a joke, speaking in exaggerated tones “oh who are you? I don’t know you, I’m gonna go now”.

As they left my friends arrived and I was thankfully able to enjoy the rest of my evening. I was proud of myself for being able to stand up to them, but generally disgusted at those guys.

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New submission: Jessica’s story!

I was buying groceries at Hartman’s on Bank Street on Saturday when I felt like someone was following me around the store. I tried to brush it off at first because it’s not out of the ordinary for people to take the same path around the grocery store however, this guy wasn’t picking up anything. I thought he had stopped following me once I got to the checkout but when I was outside the store and started walking down Somerset West I noticed he was following me again.

He caught up to me and started asking me for my name and making comments about my body, if he could have my number, if I was married etc. I asked him to leave me alone but he kept following and asking questions.

At the corner of Somerset and O’Connor there were a few people waiting to cross the street and I shouted at him to back off and he finally did. The bystanders around me didn’t do anything. I walked around the block where my apartment is a few times to make sure he couldn’t follow me home. This isn’t the first time that this type of thing has happened to me along Somerset West.

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New submission: Allison’s story!

I was walking back to my office during lunch when I passed a young-ish guy who looked like he was rolling a joint or a cigarette. We briefly made eye contact. When I looked away, he began to yell “How’s it going bitch? Bitch come here!” I kept walking and didn’t look or say anything but he kept yelling stuff till I was gone. There were a lot of people around and it felt pretty humiliating.

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New submission: Woman catches man taking creeper shots

This guy was taking a picture of a girl’s butt with his phone. When I called him on it, it was clear he does this all the time. It happened at the Bayview bus stop at around 5:30pm.

While walking behind him I noticed him notice the girl walking in front of us. He flicked up the corner of his iPhone and pointed it at her, zooming in on her ass. “Are you taking her picture?” I asked loudly. “Don’t take her picture.” He was surprised that he’d been caught and proceeded to ask why not, it’s a public place, etc. Says all the things you’d expect a creeper to say – clearly a repeat offender. We were walking in the same direction so while he was trying to escape me I kept pace with him to finish what I was saying about it being completely wrong to take pictures of women without their consent. Sure it’s not illegal but it’s entirely creepy and disgusting and contributes to rape culture. That young woman is more than another ass to add to his collection of creep shots and should not be treated as such. The objectification of women contributes to violence and gender oppression.

I asked if I could take his picture, he consented and even suggested I send it to the media. If only I’d asked for his name.

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New submission: Harassed on Daly avenue

Went to a party tonight. My friends wanted to stay behind so I decided to walk back to my car alone. On the way back I had two random groups of guys whistle and catcall and tell me “They would do me right now” and “You look so hot” blah blah and all of a sudden a third group in a drive by who started yelling at me calling me Queen Latifah, Shaniqua, Lakeesha, “You don’t deserve to wear that dress”… And I’m white so I don’t know how to factor that in…

I ignored everyone but still feel rotten.

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New submission: Siobhan’s story!

I am 16, and my boyfriend and I often like to go for walks in the summer, since it’s beautiful outside.

On a typical day, I will get street harassed.

One time we were babysitting a girl about 9 years old, and a group of thirty teenage boys called out “Nice ass” to me while I was walking hand-in-hand with my boyfriend and had the little girl with me. I was wearing pajama bottoms.

Another time, my boyfriend and I were again, walking (this time I was in a dress). A car drove by with 5 guys around the age of 18, and one called out to my boyfriend “Your sister is hot, can I fuck her?!” and they sped off. They had to be at least 18 to be able to drive – which lays under street harassment and assault on a minor.

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