Touching my ass while passing by

I early twenty, and was looking at the timetable at platform 2. Platform 2 is a very wide platform and it wasn’t crowded at all when it happened. While I was looking, I felt something like a finger or part of a hand gliding across my butt. I was surprised

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“Hey, Honey!!”

I had parked my car on the parking lot next to the station to get a sandwich in the afternoon. I got out of my car and walked to the station (which I had to cross in order to get to the city centre). A man was standing in front

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Just wanted to rent a bike

At the bike rental place, the guy who rents out the bikes catcalls me every time I come to get a bike. Today he ran after me while I was biking away and grabbed the bike to halt it. He proceeded to talk to me about what I was wearing.

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Alex’s story: breaking away from carnival harasser

In southern Holland, Carnaval is a big event sort of like Halloween minus the trick or treating. It’s basically a big party where everyone wears costumes, but it takes place throughout a large section of the city. I’m studying here and decided I wanted to go, since it was one

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Laat me met rust!

At a Friday night I was cycling home. Not far from my house I noticed a group of about ten male students loudly approaching. I sped up and tried to leave as much space between me and them as possible while I passed them, but as soon as they saw

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Brushed off verbal abuse

On international coming out day 2017 my then partner and I were cycling through Groningen after an event with the feminist network and close to our house there is a bus stop and a group of teenage guys was standing there. They noticed us holding hands and started pointing at

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“Ik vond er geen zak aan”

Man, circa 50, gezet type, circa 1 meter 75, groen shirt, rijdend in een witte car. Toeterde naar me terwijl ik met een zware doos oud papier naar het recycle station op de Muiderschans liep. Toen hij uitstapte vroeg ik waarom. Hij zei “omdat ik dat leuk vindt”. Ik zei

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Homophobic slurs without repercussion

I was sitting in a study room of a university and after a friend of mine left, three guys started talking about me in German, perhaps not realizing that I could understand them. They repeatedly used “Schwul”(Gay) as an insult, and said stuff like ‘thats so gay – and we

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Someren: I told him to back off

I was at the Saint Patricks event in Someren, which was in itself wonderful and we had a lot of fun. In the tent there was the first older man flirting with me and staring even after I sent him an angry look. Later in the pub was a different

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Where is the respect?

Just walked in my street to enjoy the evening sun. It’s the first warm evening. Brought a visit to a friend and was still thinking about what we spoke of. I’m fully dressed, appropriate I think. There’s no bare skin to see on me. A man in the age of

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Don’t tell me to smile

I was already trying to ignore this guy. But he kept catcalling me while I was waiting at the traffic light. Telling me to smile and that I look great and whatever. Don’t tell me to smile.

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“Harassed because of weelchair”

I use a wheelchair and went out one night, got initially declined at the door but eventually got in. I left my wheelchair in a corner to dance and a random guy went to sit in it. When I corrected him, he said he didn’t know it was my wheelchair

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Cornered at the traffic light and tram stop

I was waiting at the pedestrian crossing for the light to turn green, when at the other side of the crossing a young man turned around to stare at me. I started to feel uncomfortable and tried to hide myself behind the pole of the traffic light. He gestured for

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#METOO: ‘good people can do bad things’

Feeling burnt-out from #MeToo? So many stories, so familiar to many of us. The good news is important work is being done in the Netherlands to promote discussion and change. This was clear at the recent event ‘Sexual Violence And Masculinity: How Can Men Do Better?’ hosted by Atria, Institute on

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Hotel guest racial slur

After a visit at the cocktail bar, I was standing in front of a hotel waiting for my ride to arrive and looking on my mobile, when a hotel guest walks up the stairs and out of nowhere says “Ni Hao” to me based on my appearance. I call him

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Hey Tjap Tjoy!

I was walking down the Haarlemmerweg with my sister and husband, when a guy bikes away from his group of Indian friends and yells “Hey Tjap Tjoy!” (Chop Suey) to me. The guy doesn’t even notice when I yell things back at him and continues biking.

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Ni hao!

I was walking towards the bus stop minding my own business when out of nowhere a guy yells “Ni Hao!” to me.

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Racial slur from bus driver

I always greet bus drivers when I enter the bus. However with this particular driver, my greeting in Dutch is responded with a high pitched shrieking of “NI HAOO!!”. This happened to me twice on one day with the same driver. I filed a complaint about it and only get

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Drive by racism

I was walking from the parking garage with my husband when someone who drove by yelled “NI HAOO!!!” to me out of his window. We couldn’t identity the person who yelled this racial slur because he was already out of sight.

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Racial slurs and sexism

I was walking in the Westerstraat on my way to the post office to pick up a package, when I walked past a group of older, disheveled (alcoholic) looking men. A man looked at me and said “Arigato” when I walked by. Even with my sunglasses on, he still took

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Sexually harassed by gay men and it’s still not OK

Photo credit: lindanieuws.nl Submitted by Ghanwa, 3 July 2017 June is celebrated as Pride Month, a celebration of sexuality, sexual orientations and gender identities. I, a bisexual cis woman, too joined the Utrecht Pride to partake in the celebration and the festivities. However, I soon realized that my idea of sexual

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Not safe after dark

On several occasions (always after 10pm in the dark) someone followed me home on a bicycle from this area and stalked around my flat for a while. Female friends in the neighborhood have had the same experiences. During the day everything feels save and good, but I don’t like going

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“It’s so sad that this is not being dealt with”

Many, many times in Groningen (city center).. Not only street intimidation is a weekly thing there (calling you names, following you, shouting ‘kankerhoer’ in your face, while I am just walking home with my groceries), but also physically harassing happened to me frequently. Guys harassing you, and when you kindly

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“I’ve had it”

I was walking down with a friend on Oudegracht, a main street with lots of people, during mid day. Three boys, couldn’t have been older than fifteen, started following us mimicking everything I said in what ‘my accent.’ I have always been a strong advocate of speaking out so I

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“Ik hoef voor hem niet altijd blij te zijn”

Ik liep van de trein station naar mijn fiets, had een beetje haast, en geen zin om met onbekenden mensen te praten. En man liep langs en zei best hard, maar gericht op mij, “Wauw, sommige mensen lopen gewoon rond met mooie glimlachen altijd, nou zeg!” Ik loop niet rond

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Voor jou een tientje

Ik liep door Amsterdam, langs een busje van de gemeente en 2 ambtenaren (misschien hoveniers). Eén bleef naar me staren en nam me van top tot teen op. Hij zei ook: voor jou een tientje. Ik voelde me goedkoop, vies en beledigd.

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Events: 2017 International Anti-Street Harassment Week!

This year, Hollaback! Nederland is excited to be a Co-Sponsor of International Anti-Street Harassment Week! Join us for our 7th annual week of awareness — April 2-8, 2017 — as we march and hold workshops, tweet chats, artist impressions and peer education to bring attention to this problem & engage our communities

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Man op fiets

Man fietste langs mij terwijl ik met een vriendin op de stoep liep. Hij stak zijn tong uit en maakte seksueel getinte gebaren ermee. Toen ik er wat van zei schold hij me uit, maar fietste wel door.

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Minister, maak straatintimidatie onderdeel van emancipatiebeleid

1 januari 2017. In de laatste maanden van 2016 ontving Minister Jet Bussemaker van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap, en verantwoordelijk voor het Nederlandse emancipatiebeleid, twee belangrijke documenten: het VN-Comité dat toeziet op de naleving van het VN Vrouwenrechtenverdrag (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, door Nederland

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“Hallo, lekker ding”

Ik kwam uit de supermarkt en stapte met mijn boodschappen op de fiets. Een man liep langs me, stopte en zei “hallo, lekker ding”. Zat ik echt op te wachten!

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“Hij bleef staren”

Ik was op weg naar mijn werk vroeg in de ochtend, het was nog donker. In tegengestelde richting kwam een man aanfietsen, op hetzelfde fietspad. Terwijl hij langs fietste keek hij mij verlekkerd aan en bleef staren.

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Nastaren is ook intimidatie!

Onderweg naar de supermarkt zag ik dat twee mannen een vrouw op straat intimideerden. Zij liep voor mij en was ook op weg naar de supermarkt. In tegengestelde richting kwamen twee mannen onze kant op. Toen zij langs de vrouw liepen bleven ze staan en draaiden zich opvallend om naar

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Violated in the woods

I was hitchhiking, a man stopped and told me he first had to go to a camping in the nearby wood and then he would continue his journey. In the wood he violated me, I fought and screamed but he was too strong. I escaped and hid myself in the

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He tried to rape me

I was harassed here a couple of years ago around this time of year, at 7 in the morning. A guy grabbed me at all the wrong places a tried to rape me, failed because I could run away. He was caught by the police. He was a crazy drug

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International Street Harassment Survey

Hollaback! and Cornell University began a large-scale research survey on street harassment in 2014. The research will be released in two parts: Part I reviews data from the United States and Part II of the survey, a cross-cultural analysis of street harassment from 42 cities around the globe, will release

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Vrouwelijke politieagent met “goede raad”

Gisteren rond middernacht liep ik in het centrum. Ik was alleen en wou zo snel mogelijk bij mijn auto geraken, dus toen ik bij een oversteekplaats voor voetgangers aankwam waar het licht nét op rood sprong, besloot ik om toch nog snel over te steken. Ik voelde er namelijk weinig

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“Shocked they were kids”

Walking home from tram halte pompenburg rotterdam I was grabbed by my ass by two boys of the age of between 13 or 15. It very sad to see that kids don’t have the common respect for an other human being. I was more than shocked since it had happen

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“Niet in alle rust hardlopen”

Ik was op een zondagochtend rustig aan het hardlopen. Toen ik een geparkeerde auto passeerde schreeuwden twee jonge mannen uit het raam dingen naar me. Ik schrok me dood want ik had niet door dat er mensen in de auto zaten. Daarnaast voelde ik me bekeken en uitgelachen.   [got_back]

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Harassed trying to help

I was cycling down a street with a weak bike light. I saw two people standing by the side of the road, with a bright light. I cycled away as fast as I could but they shouted after me so I went back because I assumed maybe they had a

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Calling me names

I was biking home and while I was on the Noordzeeweg, which is a bike path next to a highway, with high walls, I was surprised by a loud shouting man who was calling me names. I was the only other person on that road and it was getting darker,

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A group of guys acting rough

There was a group of guys from around 20 to 30 y.o, and they were speaking to all females that were walking by. Asking where they were going and telling them how sexy they walked. I felt very uncomfortable and even walked passed my own front door so that they

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A poor excuse for an apology

A vehicle was parked along Holterbergweg. As I passed by, an employee shouted ‘Sayonara!’ at me. I took a picture of the vehicle and made a complaint to the company. They replied: “On account of your e-mail of June the first, we spoke with our employe in question. He was

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catcallers get a deserved response

Small white car with two males wearing red shirts (one with glasses and one without) in the front seats, shouted at me while passing by on De Boelelaan. Then as they passed the woman cyclist some 20 metres in front of me, she looked abruptly at them and her left

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police standby as harassers go all out

I was waiting outside our office with a group of colleagues. A guy was hanging outside the window of his car (3 others were also in the car) and verbally harassing everyone nearby or passing his car. At one point, a girl passed by on her bicycle and the guy

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“Stupid Bitch”

Riding by bike back home in the evening and heard calling ‘nice body’. When I didn’t respond I was called a ‘stupid bitch’. Went to bed with a bad feeling. [got_back]

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“I just want to get to know you”

In front of the grocery store a man smiled at me and said hello. I said hello back. He got of his bike and asked me if I wanted to get to know him. I told him I wasn’t interested. He started parking his bike and I told him good

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Are bicycles harassers’ new getaway vehicle?

Ik liep met een vriendin over straat. Vanuit de tegengestelde richting kwam een meneer aangefietst. Terwijl hij langs ons fietste verminderde hij vaart en fluisterde ons allerlei seksueel getinte opmerkingen toe. Toen ik terugriep of hij kon herhalen wat hij zei en of hij gek geworden was, fietste hij snel

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Summer is here, so is more harassment

Ik liep op straat en zag een meisje voorbij lopen, op weg naar haar voordeur. Op het fietspad parallel aan de stoep waarop het meisje liep zag ik man heel langzaam (tegen de richting in) fietsen, haar volgend en nastarend. Hij bleef haar net zolang volgen tot ze binnen was.

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Harassment doesn’t just happen on foot

Being followed by a man on a bike, while parking my bike, he passed, looked at me, continued cycling, braked, returned towards me, came up to me, looked at me (was on the verge of saying something) then decided to cycle away. Second time, same man followed me on the

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Introducing Project OBJECT!

Rotterdamse grafische design student Nathalie Duvekot heeft recentelijk een creatief project afgerond met als doel om straat intimidatie aan het licht te brengen! Nathalie beschrijft haar project als volgt: OBJECT is een afstudeerproject van het Grafisch Lyceum Rotterdam in de vorm van een campagne tegen straatintimidatie. Helaas wordt straatintimidatie vaak

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Sexual harassment while on a jog

I was running through Leiderdorp in the evening. I used to take this route and I never expected harassment here. However, I was waiting for the traffic lights and a boy was waiting with his bicycle. When I walked further slowly, he did not pass me. After a few meters

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Stichting Fairspace: Hollaback! Nederland

Hollaback! Nederland is een initiatief van Stichting Fairspace. Wij zetten ons in voor het bestrijden van straatintimidatie, door het delen van ervaringen met straatintimidatie, door daders verantwoordelijk te houden voor hun daden en door beleidsmakers in beweging krijgen. Met jouw hulp kunnen we straatintimidatie op de kaart zetten als een

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Verbally Abused While Biking

I was riding my bike over to this mall where cars have to be aware of bikes. Anyway I was about to leave and saw this car waiting to cross, so I didn’t time it too well and this guy almost hits me when I bike in front of him

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Just trying to look normal

I was walking in the late afternoon down my street and noticed a man walking towards me. There was nothing strange about it– he was just walking in my direction, probably to the store nearby. But something made my body tense up as he got closer. I made a point

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Amsterdam: Haven of Sex, Drugs and Rrr…Catcalls?

When people think about Amsterdam, what usually comes to mind is a fantastical world of marijuana, Red Light Districts and lots of gorgeous canals running through the city. The Netherlands is not really an obvious place to look at street harassment. Ranked fourth in Europe by the European Institute for

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Check out the new bloggers for SSH!

Are you interested in broadcasting your experiences, views or research on street harassment? Check out Stop Street Harassment’s new cohort of bloggers, including Hollaback! Amsterdam’s Eve Aronson, and consider applying to be one yourself! For more information, contact Stop Street Harassment’s founder, Holly Kearl.

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New Research on Street Harassment in NL!!

As part of their academic work, Hollaback!’s Eve Aronson and Eline Waerp did extensive research on who is affected by street harassment in the Netherlands, how they are affected, why it matters and what can be done to fight it. Check out their amazing work below! Eve and Eline can

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New Street Harassment Survey in Amsterdam!

In January and February 2015, Eve conducted a survey of street harassment in Amsterdam as part of her research. Click the link below the picture for the complete results of the survey and let us know your comments! 2015 Amsterdam Street Harassment Survey

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Staring like I’m a tennis match

Broad daylight, parking lot next to a supermarket. Man, at least ten years older than me, alone, with a shopping bag, stops and stares at me. Like I’m a tennis match, just walking by. I have to walk past him to enter the supermarket and he doesn’t move, just staring.

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Playing Ingress and Called a Whore

I was playing Ingress (an awesome GPS game). At some point I was busy upgrading a portal when a ball rolls to me. But I didn’t feel to kick it back because I was on my bike. I heard someone saying “Yo girl, pass the ball”. (note; I am 35

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With Love and Revolution, a SUPER SPECIAL

Our Hollaback! partners in New York have put together an awesome, informative video blog series with everything you would want to know (and we mean everything) about street harassment. Check out the latest episode, #Harassmentis, a SUPER SPECIAL

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FemNet Groen Links Speaks Up About Street Harassment

On April 30, Hollaback! met with members of FemNet Groen Links to talk about street harassment, about how Hollaback!’s online platform can help spread the word and about how political parties can help support our efforts to bring attention to this important issue in the Netherlands. Thanks for the inspiring conversation!

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2015 Anti-street harassment week recap!

We had a great anti-street harassment week in Amsterdam! On Tuesday, our launch in Amsterdam was attended by scholars, activists, social workers and local leaders. On Wednesday, we took our message to Den Haag to call on politicians to put an end to street harassment in the Netherlands and received

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No ‘right’ to jog through the park

I was jogging through Flevopark as it started getting dark. I tried to go a bit faster as there are no lights in the park (what’s up with that anyways??), when almost reaching the exit I saw two guys hanging out a bit ahead of me. I thought of turning

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Anti-street harassment week April 12-18!

Are you ready for anti-street harassment week? From April 12-18, at least 35 countries have signed up with Stop Street Harassment to participate in Meet Us On The Street: International Anti-Street Harassment Week! On April 14, we will be having out launch event at the University of Amsterdam. On April 15,

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“Where are you going, baby?”

I was walking through Museumplein to the train station and a group of guys was walking in the opposite direction, towards me. I tried not to make eye contact but sometimes it seems as if they can tell I am forcing myself to look away. As they past, one guy

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Drunk and uninvited

While sitting on a bench with my girlfriend two guys, early twenties, loudly talking and obviously drunk came to sit on each side of us uninvited. After telling them we were in the middle of a conversation and would like them to leave they started to call us names and

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Hollaback! Launch at UvA

Please join us on April 14 to celebrate the launch of Hollaback! Amsterdam and the arrival of the Hollaback! anti-street harassment community to the Netherlands! At the event, community members, local organizations and stakeholders will learn about Hollaback! and its partners, share current initiatives and enjoy an evening of inspiring speakers, artists

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Hollaback! Nederland is Launching Soon!

Hollaback! Nederland is gearing up to launch! Hollaback! Nederland is the expansion of Hollaback! Amsterdam (which you can visit here) and will be accepting story submissions from throughout the Netherlands shortly. Come back soon!

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