Parking Lots, Verbal

Anonymous’ Story

I received a simple “Hey cutie,” and was looked up and down while walking into the gas station. In a brief moment of bravery, I yelled back to his car, “Treat women with more respect than that.”

He came back into the station moments later and said something like “How bout ugly than?” He went back to his car. I paid for my goods and he then asked, “Is that better?” Honestly I don’t know.

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Work

Anonymous’ Story

At work, one of my few female coworkers informed me of a comment about me that a man who comes by my work almost on a daily basis said to her. He told her “she looks like she works at a strip club.” I dress appropriately to work, and I like to look nice. There is nothing in my appearance that suggests that I work at a strip club.

There are not many women who work with me, or come to my place of work. Men like this are one of the reasons why. I feel I can’t reveal my name here or discuss this with my manager because the man who said this is a valued customer ($$). What a screwed up world this is.

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Verbal, Walking

Kathryn’s Story

I was getting out of my car with a bag of fast food, right near my house. A man was walking toward me and said something like “yes girl hey girl, oh it’s lunch time, you look very nice” I just said thanks and was starting to walk towards my door. He turned around and stopped me and started “…I just moved here from California and…”. I cut him off, realizing what was happening, I told him I had no cash, sorry. He said “I just wanted to sell you this”. He had some kind of device in his hand, it looked like a battery charger or something. I told him I wasn’t interested and I walked away. I went to work, and when I was leaving work, my boyfriend was waiting for me. He asked me why my gas cap was missing. I firstly assumed it had happened when I was in South Side the night before, but when I got home I saw it laying on the ground. I didn’t hit anything and I never leave it open. It was cleanly ripped off with no other damage on my car. I can’t be sure it was the guy, but I am pretty certain, as my neighbors are all friendly and I have never had anyone damage my car where I live currently.

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Bystander Intervention, Photographs, Work

Anonymous’ Story

I witnessed a man follow around a transgendered woman in a store, taking pictures of her as she shopped. He even pretended to take a phone call in the check-out line so that he could take a photo of her. I felt powerless to do anything to stop him, and contacted a manager who also did not think that she could do anything about it. To be clear, I work at this location, and this man was a customer, which definitely only complicated matters.

*Editors Note: For tips on bystander intervention please visit our ‘I’ve Got Your Back’ page at http://pittsburgh.ihollaback.org/ive-got-your-back/

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Parking Lots, Verbal

Rae’s Story

On my way out of ShurSave to get sinus medication and cough drops, a man started loudly hollering at me from across the parking lot. He continued carrying on loudly while I quickly walked to my car. He followed me there, banged on my driver’s side window, and then kissed the glass.

No.

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Guest Mix on The Grey Estates

The Hollaback! Pittsburgh team paired up with the folks at The Grey Estates, a Pittsburgh-based music blog and zine.

Our playlist is full of songs meant to empower us to take on the challenges we face every day – especially when we’re made to feel like lesser people through street harassment.

Check out our post at The Grey Estates and give the other music on their website  a listen!

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Photographs

Miriam’s Story

I was out with a friend this morning walking on Murray Ave. We were taking pictures in the snow before going into the Giant Eagle. As I was walking into the grocery store, a man came up to me and showed me a photo he had taken of me while we were taking pictures. It was a photo taken from behind me, zoomed in and mostly of my butt. When he showed me the picture I started yelling at him at which point he said he would delete it. This was not a case of another person randomly showing up in a photo. It was a deliberate decision to sexually harass. It seemed since he showed me that picture that the whole reason he took it was to demonstrate his own power and to make me feel unsafe.

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Touching, Verbal, Walking

Bekka’s Story

It was around lunch time and I was walking down Carson St. in the South Side. A man told me to smile and said, “It can’t be that bad” as he proceeded to hit me a few times with a glove. I get told to smile often but I was pretty shocked this man thought it was ok to hit a stranger, even if it was lighthearted.

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