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New submission: Harassed on the #97

I was on the 97 Bayshore/Bells Corner bus a few weeks back. I went on it around 9:00 a.m.

I got on and there was this guy who kept ringing the bell. Fistpumping people. Asking for a massage. I fist pumped him but then was grabbing my hand and I told him No. He was doing it to everyone. Nobody complained. I went to the front of the bus nearing my stop to ask the bus driver if he knew where my stop was. The bus broke down when I asked and he kicked the guy off. I got off too and walked.

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New submission: Harassed in neighbourhood. Mom intervenes!

Two things happened to me right in my community that I experienced and my mom intervened in both.

First thing I was sitting on a bench minding my own business and this teenage boy comes up to me and starts making me super uncomfortable with the stuff he’s saying. I left and went home crying and my mom talked shit to the guy.

This other time, I left my house there was a group of adults standing there who complimented me on my ass and my mom heard from the window and intervened again.

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New submission: Harassed on the #16

I got on the 16 Britannia a few months ago with my friend heading back from school. We were joking and laughing and sat down. There was these two men being loud and stuff and a woman who was with them telling them to shush. I was looking back and forth at them and the woman tried to compliment my uniform. And that made my friend very uncomfortable.

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New submission: Harassed in parking lot

A few years back I was walking down the sidewalk from my house and this guy in a car drives in the fire station’s parking station and stops a few feet and yells out to me asking if I wanted a smoke and stuff. I was young and I replied back “oh no thanks, I’m good, I got to go now” and quickly left to go to the mall.

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Elections!

We’ve spent the last few months working to get gender-based violence onto the agenda for the upcoming municipal election.

You should head on over to our elections page to see what we’ve been working on and download our toolkit outlining our top 5 priorities!

You should also circulate our video and help us spread the word.

People have until September 12th to announce their candidacy for council. After that drop date, we’ll be contacting each candidate to ask them how they plan to address gender-based violence in our city.

We’ll then post their responses on our election page, so that people can make the most informed vote possible come October 27th.

A reminder: We are a NON-PARTISAN organization. We are not advocating for any particular candidate or campaign.

Our #1 priority is ending gender-based violence in Ottawa. That’s it. That’s all.

For more information: ottawa@ihollaback.org

 

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New submission: Tori’s story!

I was riding my bicycle down MacArthur on Monday around noon when some guys yelled at me from their car as they passed me. The passenger leaned out, yelling, “Hey girl, come ride my c–k like you ride that bike” and “I’m gonna grab you off that bike and squeeze your tits” then proceeded to speed off.

I eventually caught up to them when they were stopped at a red light so I parked myself right at their passenger door, held my keys between my fingers, stuck my face right up to their window and said, “I dare you to grab me now or I will run these keys right down your car door”. They looked absolutely terrified because they didn’t expect me to catch up to them, but they got the last word when they peeled away from the light and yelled, “F–king white whore!”

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New submission: Abby’s story!

A man in a pick up pulled into the drive-thru car wash at the gas station between Gladstone and McLeod on Bank. I was walking through the drive-thru to cut to McLeod and up onseeing his lights jogged to the side. He yelled “Hey Gorgeous!” and when I didn’t respond yelled “Hey Sexy!”. Since I was on the other side of a grassy divide I gave him the finger after the second call, and he responded “Now now, not nice” as I briskly walked away.

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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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