#FHRITP MEDIA TIMELINE
It’s been a crazy week for Hollaback! Toronto, thanks to the vile “prank” that blew up on video and ended in a Hydro One employee being fired for breaching his employer’s zero-tolerance anti-harassment contract. Here’s a timeline of where we had the chance to discuss the #FHRITP incident, as well as the broader issue of harassment in the streets and the workplace:
- On May 12, 2015, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne tweets about the #FHRITP incident CityNews reporter Shauna Hunt caught on tape and questioned, mentioning Hollaback! TO in the process:
- Hollaback! TO’s co-director Alicia speaks about “Combatting sexual harassment in the streets” in a CityNews video segment that same day, as a result of Premier Wynne’s tweet.
- Zosia Bielski’s excellent article, “Herd misogyny overlooks the personal,” for The Globe and Mail, on May 12, 2015, quotes Alicia on how everyday sexism has become normalized:
In public spaces, “it’s about putting women back in their ‘place.’ It’s a power thing: it’s about bullying and intimidation,” said Alicia Versteegh, co-director of Hollaback Toronto, an organization that fights street harassment.
Versteegh said that for women who have suffered sexual trauma in the past, street harassment or being yelled at while you’re on the job, can be a triggering experience. Even though the slurs can fill women with rage, many will stay silent for fear of escalation: “They do a mini-risk assessment every time it happens.” She says everyday sexism like this has been normalized because it’s so regular. Her fix? “You really need to start in the classroom and talk about consent.”
- Alicia speaks with John Moore of Moore in the Morning on NewsTalk1010 about the #FHRITP incident and street harassment. Check out the 17-minute mark for Alicia’s interview on May 13, 2015.
- Alicia appears in a Global News Toronto video segment entitled, “How FHRITP is harassment, not just a vile joke,” discussing the lasting effects of street harassment and the role that herd misogyny plays in perpetuating it, on May 13, 2015.
- Global News publishes a related article as well on May 13, quoting Alicia:
Versteegh hopes something positive comes from the public reaction, that a dialogue and real conversation starts.
“It’s something that we need to talk about and discuss how we treat each other as human beings with respect in public places.”
- “Hydro One cans heckler for defending FHRITP slur off-duty. Message received.” Hollaback! TO’s Alicia appears on a panel with two lawyers to discuss the issue on CBC’s The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti on May 14, 2015.
- Tabatha Southey writes a brilliant follow-up piece, “The vulgar heckling incident: Let me spell it out for you,” for The Globe and Mail on May 15, 2015.
OLDER MEDIA APPEARANCES
- Alicia speaks with Matt Galloway of CBC’s Metro Morning about how the warmer weather encourages shorts, t-shirts, skirts – and catcalling on May 4, 2015.