Safer Spaces

Hollaback Appalachian Ohio! is working to build a network of supportive non-threatening environments within the Athens area.  Each venue, cafe, club, collective, and/or business below has signed the Hollaback Appalachian Ohio! Safer Space Pledge and completed our training program on supporting survivors and bystander intervention, aligning their space with this campaign, as well as declaring their commitment to ending harassment against women and LGBTQIA folks. If you experience gender-based harassment or violence while in these spaces (or anywhere with our official Safer Spaces Poster) the staff should take you seriously, deal with the harasser, and offer support resources if you need them. You can show these local businesses your appreciation by going to a show, having a drink, or buying a bagel.


Donkey Coffee

Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery

O’Betty’s Red Hot

…and we are in talks with many more!




By signing this pledge, we the undersigned do hereby agree to:

  • Post the “Safer Space” poster provided by Hollaback Appalachian Ohio! in a prominent place for all employees/staff/volunteers and attendees/customers to see
  • Take complaints of harassment, discrimination, and violence against customers or staff seriously
  • Remove any offending parties from our space as needed
  • Ensure our staff, particularly those responsible for security, are aware of our policies
  • Use the resources given to us by Hollaback Appalachian Ohio! to better understand the issues at hand as well as the best methods for dealing with them
  • Inform victims of their right to share their story publicly and anonymously on Hollaback! (via the website or free phone app) by handing out informational cards


Poster Design:
Kristen Argenio at Ideal Design Co.


Street Harassment is sexual harassment in public spaces from strangers. It’s a pervasive form of gender-based violence, affecting women and members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA) communities.  Approximately 90% of women worldwide have reported experiencing sexual harassment at some point in their lives. This reality severely limits women’s and LGBTQIA folks’ freedom of movement in their own communities, causes high levels of anxiety, and serves as a reminder that society still casts them as second-class citizens. The constant threat of (or escalation of) violence can often prevent those who are harassed from “standing up for themselves” in the moment – whether it’s on the dance floor, mosh pit, or in line at the coffee shop.



Everyone has the right to feel physically and mentally safe, supported, and respected. By signing the Hollaback Appalachian Ohio! Safer Space Pledge, you show your clients, customers, attendees, and your entire community, that hateful or discriminatory behavior, actions, or language will not be tolerated in your venue/place of business. The pledge states that everyone within the safer space has a responsibility to uphold its values.



This section of our site is mentioned during our Safer Spaces trainings as a place to go for additional resources for a further look into the issues and techniques discussed or to share what was learned with others.



The following video is used during the opening of the training program, and can be triggering for discussion on sexual assault and alcohol.





This is a graphic from the Safe Dates evidence based curriculum for the prevention of Teen Dating Violence.  We pull from this program for our programming in schools, but we feel a lot of what we teach to middle and high school students is applicable for adults as well.  This graphic is used in the Safer Spaces training to discuss how to respectfully respond to a customer or co-worker’s disclosure.




The following video is used toward the end of the training and can also be triggering.  The first half shows a woman’s night going terribly wrong, but then it rewinds to show all the ways that a variety of people could have stepped in to change how the story ends.




See also our I’ve Got Your Back! page for more discussion on Bystander Intervention.


Check out this NPR Health News article titled “If He’s Sexually Aggressive In Bars, It’s Not Because He’s Drunk,” highlighting a 2014 study titled “Blurred Lines?”  Sexual Aggression and Barroom Culture.


Read this guide to Intersectionality within the Hollaback! movement.  Explore how our different identities affect the way we experience street harassment.  This is an open source guide.  Feel free to print and duplicate.


Watch “On the Catwalk,” our friend Dandelion’s short documentary about street harassment in Athens, Ohio, featuring Hollaback Appalachian Ohio! Site Leader, Devin Aeh.





Watch TheeKatsMeoww Video Blog, “Dear Men, Street Harassment Sucks.” . . .





. . . and . . . Part 2.



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