#MeToo has been an important public movement to change the conversation about sexual harassment. On the ground in countries around the world, iHollaback.org has been working against harrassment since 2005. The organization started in 2005 in conversation between seven youth (four women and three men). The women told story after story of harassment, the men became increasingly concerned and, collectively, they resolved to change that.
Over the past decade, in cities like Vancouver and Victoria, Toronto, and Montreal, and across Alberta Hollaback! sites have emerged. There are also groups like SaferSpacesWinnipeg which spun off of Hollaback! It is disturbing to see the maps and reports of harrassment on these site know they are there are so many more unreported. However, if you visit your city's site, you can find local support and tools. Hollaback! has also developed tools the HeartBot, a new tool that logs private reports of abuse on Twitter, replies to harassers with a disincentive, and keeps everyone else out of it. They have launched digital trainings and in person trainings, like this one on the Five D’s of Bystander Intervention, adapted to address online harassment.
More recently, they have even taken on collaborations on projects and developed tools to address the growth of incidences of violence, threats, and property damage motivated by hate around the United States and helping to spark conversations about politics at dinner tables across America.
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