No one should have to get used to harassment

I am harassed on a daily basis, no matter what I wear or how I look. I take the bus to work everyday and I can’t remember a single time when I was not stared at. Most of the time it’s lewd staring but sometimes men will hiss, make kissing noises, approach me to ask for my number, yell at me from their car window, honk at me when they drive by. I’ve also been groped.
For the longest time I felt embarrassed to talk about how much this bothered me. When I talk about it to male friends, they think I should get used to it. But I don’t think I ever will. It’s not up to me to get used to it, it’s up to them to stop disrespecting me.
I’ve lived in 2 different countries and the same harassment happens in both countries.
It’s very sad that a woman should feel unsafe and uncomfortable every single day on her commute to work.
I feel scared to retaliate because I’m on my own.

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  1. Etta says:

    I totally understand what you’re talking about. I am a college student and take the bus in my city. Regardless of whether I’m having a good day or bad day-regardless of what I’m wearing, I get looks and responses that can only be categorized as sexual and inappropriate. Women need to be able to talk about this between each other and freely. Its a terrible thing to feel trapped and scared to stand up for yourself just because you’re alone.

  2. Sophiaorchid says:

    I feel exactly the same way. My male friends have said that I’m attractive so it comes with the territory & to just ignore it but I’m tired of having it to ignore. I notice that I don’t dress my best (sometimes cause I’m lazy) & sometimes cause I just don’t want the attention. I wish these guys were gone. They were cited or fined or went to jail or something.

    I’m saddened that u too have to feel uncomfortable & unsafe everyday.

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