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Hollaback Columbus invites you to Take Back the Bars:
Going out as well as where we go out is often shaped by other people and the way that we’re treated. Harassment is a big issue in Columbus’ nightlife but no one should have to avoid any clubs, bars or venues for fear of being harassed, unwelcome or unsafe.
Take Back the Bars is about empowering people to reclaim the spaces that have been traditionally unwelcoming to them. It’s about not feeling that we have to avoid certain places, that we have a right to occupy whatever public space exists.
The goal of our outing is to create a supportive space where someone can comfortably say “I’m not interested,” “It’s not okay to talk to me like that,” or even walk away from an uncomfortable situation with support from the group. We’ve got your back.
Hollaback Columbus invites you to join us in a campaign to reclaim these spaces and let others know that our negative experiences do not impact our right to be there. If you have questions or a suggestion on where we should have our next TBTB night, please e-mail us email@example.com
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Today, on October 29th Hollaback! is partnering with No Red Tape and Carry That Weight at Columbia University and Rhize in order to create a National Day of Action in support of survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
It all started with a performance piece by Columbia University student Emma Sulkowicz, in which she determined to utilize performance art as a form of political protest, carrying a 50 pound mattress everywhere she goes on campus, identical to the mattress she was assaulted on in her dorm room by a fellow student, until her rapist is expelled. This powerful piece has raised awareness on Columbia’s campus, and now on campuses everywhere, inspiring an international call to action.
Working together, we can make a culture sexual violence on college campuses unacceptable.
What can you do to help?
Sign the pledge to show your support for survivors of sexual and domestic violence
Take a photo of yourself with a mattress and post it to the internet with the #carrythatweight hashtag
Spread the word about this event and these issues on social media
I was walking hand in hand with my boyfriend past a bar when a man (standing on the patio with a few of his male friends) yelled out “fuck her right in the pussy.” I didnt hear him at first and had to ask my boyfriend what he had said. Then I told him a thing or two about why thats not okay.
I have been harassed by a Columbus man for over a year now. It started out with him trying to follow me home and asking for a date. I said no, and then he turned to yelling at me every time I see him. Sometimes he calls me a bitch, and sometimes he just yells ordinary things in order to try to make me talk to him. I try to avoid him, but I seem to keep running into him. I’m not sure how to make him stop. I think that the passive approach is not working.
I am writing this as a father, talking about my daughter, who was 14 at the time of the incident. She and I were coming out of a Mexican restaurant, and some very drunk college guys were walking by across the street. One shouted, “Hey, sir! Your wife is really hot!” I stared him down and said, “That’s my daughter. And she’s 14!” He slithered away after that.
Parenthetically, my daughter (who is now 17) was in trouble for hitting a guy at school. He came up to her, looked at her chest, and asked her, “Are those real?”
I was walking with a male friend and my girlfriend last night and AS SOON AS we split from my male friend, some creep yells “those two are fuckin tonight” from his car window I guess because we were holding hands?
We’re excited to announce our first meeting/infosession.
Come join us and get involved!