Green Dot paired up with Hollaback! to create a plan for being an active bystander with street harassment. Here are some examples of ways you can stand up to harassment when you see it happening around you:

Direct Green Dots

  • “Hey knock it off”
  • Tell the person you will call the cops if they don’t put that thing away.
  • “Are you ok”
  • Go stand next to the person being targeted so they know they are not alone.
  • Ask the target, “Are they bothering you?”
  • Take a picture with your phone
  • Look disapprovingly at the person doing the harassing behavior
  • Offer to get off at the next stop with the target and catch the next train together.
  • “Get away from her/him”
  • Don’t join in or laugh.
  • Loudly say “ugh, that is so gross”
  • Talk to your friend later about why you thought what they did or said was uncool
  • Ask the target if there is anything you can do to help
  • Tell the harasser you saw some cops on the corner and you are worried they will get in
  • trouble if they don’t stop.
  • Tell the target that the harassing behavior wasn’t ok and you are sorry it happened.

Delegate Green Dots

  • Find the Foreman on the construction site
  • Call the police
  • Tell a transit authority worker
  • Yell “Somebody do something!!!!!”
  • Get a group together to intervene
  • Text a friend who is on the subway with you and ask them to HELP!
  • Make eye contact with some other bystanders and ask, “What should we do to help?”

Distract Green Dots

  • Ask for directions
  • Offer the target your seat
  • Start a flash mob
  • Act like you know the target and say “I’ve been looking everywhere for you – we have to hurry to meet our other friends”
  • Drop your bags to create a commotion
  • “Accidentally” spill your coffee