Welcome to Right To Be's Storytelling Platform
Right To Be's storytelling platform is a safe space where you can share your harassment story, get support, and help others experiencing harassment. Sharing your story contributes to the collective building of a better world where everyone has the Right To Be who they are, wherever they are.
About the platform
Right To Be started collecting stories of harassment in 2005 following the story of a woman named Thao Nguyen who bravely stood up to someone who harassed her. Learn more about who we are here and our history here.
In 2016, Right To Be launched HeartMob, a platform where people experiencing online abuse could share their stories and receive support from a community of bystanders. We have integrated our storytelling platform and our online harassment initiative so people can share all types of harassment stories and find the support they need in one place.
Sharing your story on our platform is proven to reduce trauma for you - and it helps others too, by letting them know they are not alone.
You can submit your story of any type of harassment. If you are experiencing online harassment or want to support people being harassed online, you'll need to become a member.Learn more
Are you experiencing harassment?
You are not alone and have the right to feel safe and supported. Share your story with our community now.
Become a member of our platform
If you are experiencing online harassment or want to help others being abused online, sign up as a member to get and provide direct and meaningful support. Join now!
Stories of harassment
I experienced blatant sexual harassment, and when I reached out for help, police administration immediately began retaliating against me by filing false complaints against ...
Feb 20, 2024
I had someone who I had thought been a friend , we had known each other 10 years, well actually he knew me and I knew absolutely nothing real about him. He suckered me in b...
Feb 10, 2024
I am a Black woman in my 30s married to a white man in his 30s. We have been together for 16 years. He is from Europe but has a large familial presence in America. This pas...
Feb 6, 2024
From 2018-2021 Has endured severe workplace discrimination retaliation resulting in lawsuit & settled end of 2021. I remained working thinking all was going to be better. B...
Feb 4, 2024
Bullsh*t at the Beach I was a young girl staying at a friend's beach house in Manzanita. It was about 9:00 am, and my mother had just taken me to the grocery store. We had...
Jan 14, 2024
While on my way to the train to work, I was approached unprompted by a man on a street corner who started calling me a b****. He then proceeded to make other obscene commen...
Jan 10, 2024
Since 2005, we have received 32,000 stories of harassment. Research has shown that when people tell their stories on our site, it helps them to see their experiences as part of a larger injustice.
The study "Classification and Its Consequences for Online Harassment - Design Insights from HeartMob”, (2017) revealed that users who shared their online harassment stories on this platform felt validated when their experiences were accepted and labeled as 'online harassment' within the platform.Learn more
17 yearsof building the power of those affected by harassment
32,000+stories of harassment received through Right To Be (formerly Hollaback!)
10,097actions of support taken on the platform
Ways you can support?
Allyship and community support is a proven way to combat the effects of harassment. On our platform, you can read people's stories and click an anonymous "I've Got Your Back" button to show them they aren't alone. You can also sign up to provide direct and meaningful support to those experiencing online harassment. You will receive help requests and will be able to send supportive comments or help report and document online abuse.
Online & Offline harassment
We collect all kinds of harassment stories at work, in a public space, online, etc.
Sharing your story with us is safe as all stories are moderated by trained staff on the Right To Be Team. You can choose whether you want your name to be displayed when sharing your experiences.
It is necessary to become a member to share online harassment stories and help those who are abused online. Anonymity on the Internet can facilitate online harassment, and we want to ensure that we offer a safe space to share experiences that occur online. Bystanders need to go through a verification process to be able to provide support.
Responding to Harassment
Responding to Public Harassment
Our research shows that having some response to public harassment reduces its emotional impact. If you're looking for ideas, we're here to help you out.View
The 5 Ds of Bystander Intervention
When we intervene, we slowly chip away at the culture of harassment, and replace it with one of humanity.View
Healing from Harassment
Healing and Getting Closure After Harassment at Work
Closure will ultimately come when you truly internalize the fact that the harassment you experienced wasn't your fault.View
Resilience in the Face of Crisis
Our goal is to support you in holding space for yourself and making active choices about how you respond to stress and trauma.View
Become a member of the platform
We welcome folks experiencing any form of harassment to share their stories on our platform. If you want to share your online harassment stories or want to support people being harassed online, you'll need to register.