Street harassment is a form of sexual harassment that takes place in public spaces. At its core is a power dynamic that constantly reminds historically subordinated groups (women and LGBTQ folks, for example) of their vulnerability to assault in public spaces. Further, it reinforces the ubiquitous sexual objectification of these groups in everyday life. Street harassment can be sexist, racist, transphobic, homophobic, ableist, sizeist and/or classist. It is an expression of the interlocking and overlapping oppressions we face and it functions as a means to silence our voices and “keep us in our place.” NO MORE!
Stories are powerful. Hollaback Lawrence is a site to share stories, validate experiences, document the prevalance of street harassment and to create meaningful ways to “hollaback” and feel empowered to RUN, WALK and EXIST in public spaces!