changing culture, Uncategorized

Regarding the trial of Jian Ghomeshi


Regarding the trial of Jian Ghomeshi


Hollaback! Canada joint statement


21 April 2016



We believe people who share their stories

We stand in solidarity with Lucy DeCoutere, Linda Redgrave, and others who have bravely shared their stories. We stand with Kathryn Borel, Reva Seth, Zoe Kazan, and anyone else who has reported harassment or assault.

We believe there are many stories that have not been shared

This trial offered highly visible examples of injustice, but we recognize that there are many stories going unheard. Stereotypes and snap judgements privilege more powerful voices over others. Many do not feel safe or supported accessing institutions that claim to offer justice, particularly when facing discrimination based on race, ethnicity, poverty, ableism, and/or gender identity and expression. Many have reason to distrust and fear the police, the law, and the courts. These stories are no less true than the few that recently made headlines.

We believe that stories can be imperfect or incomplete without being discredited

We understand that narratives are influenced by trauma, time, and memory. Too often, people are asked to push their own needs aside and ignore abusive behaviour for the sake of harmony. Insisting on automatic, linear storytelling ignores the realities of lived experience, and further prioritizes the stories of people who have access to traditional power structures and institutions. We believe in your process, whatever that might look like for you.

We believe there are people who want change

We know you’re out there. You believe. You remember. You find kindred spirits. You build networks. You share stories and skills. You open doors. You encourage resistance, resilience and persistence. You’re building a better world, one person at a time.

We believe in the people who didn’t make it

Not everyone is a survivor. We acknowledge the lives that have been lost because of this violence.

We believe in the people who are surviving

You don’t have to share your story with us, and you don’t have to give us your reasons, but we’ll hold space for you to breathe. We see you. We hear you. We’re so glad you’re still here.

With love and revolution,

Hollaback! Alberta
Hollaback! Halifax
Hollaback! Montreal
Hollaback! Ottawa
Hollaback! Peterborough
Hollaback! Vancouver
Hollaback! Victoria

Hollaback! (NYC Headquarters)

Link to .pdf

Joint Statement to Survivors Everywhere



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Uncategorized, verbal

New Submission Cambie Creeper

At the bar (the cambie) with a girlfriend. He comes and sits with us uninvited. Wont leave us alone eveb after polite hints. He strokes my friends hair and shoulder uninvited. Evantually goes away when a male friend shows up but when our male friend leaves he comes back. I tell him he cant touch people without permission. He says in my world maybe but not his. Try and talk to him about street harrasment, he says he regularly hits on random girls on the street. Refuses to acknoweldge there might be something wrong with that. Says I dont know how hard it is to be a a man on the street (because girls dont want to talk to him? Because “girls get sex easier than guys”?) I tell him straight up leave I dont want to talk to you. tries to get the bouncer to kick us out for being unfriendly.


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transit, Uncategorized

New Submission – Witnessed on the bus

A man keeps asking a women on the bus questions when she is obviously uncomfertable and is trying to listen to music. Asks her where she works, then the adress, then what time she gets off, if anyone picks her up, you see where this is going.


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transit, Uncategorized, verbal

New Submission – More tales from Transit!

On the bus a man tries to talk to me, I engage a little bit but when I wont tell him where I’m going he gets aggresive. I put in my earphones but he keeps waving his hand infront of my face to get my attention. I hold my mace in my hand discretly or so I thought. He notices and calls me a fucking bitch. I feel guilty for being rude.


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assault, transit, Uncategorized, verbal

New Submission – Hastings Harassment

On the hastings bus man tries to talk to me. I tell him I’m not interested in talking sorry. He gets offended and says he was just being friendly but when a man tries to talk to him he says hes not interested in talking to him because hes a guy. Claims Im not talking to him because he’s {not Caucasian} Not true.


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Uncategorized, verbal

How about … NO

on the #20 bus as I walk by a man says to me “take of your clothes”

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assault, street, Uncategorized

New Submission – He Doesn’t Care

After a concert me and my friend where walking down the street when a man grabs my friends arm as we walk by to stop her and says “hey” she is flustered and I tell him how its not ok to grab people. He doesnt care.



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assault, street, Uncategorized

New Submission – More Flashing

In broad daylight outside my home a man pulled out his genitals and walked towards me. It was targeted and extremely scary. I no longer feel safe at home.


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