Bridget’s Story: “I am angry that I can’t walk comfortably in my own neighborhood without getting harassed.”

I just have to get this off my chest because I’m too ashamed to tell anyone else.

Today, around 4:30pm, I was walking home from lunch with my friends when I heard a car, blasting rap music, pull up next to me. It stopped at a stop sign but I kept walking to cross the street parallel to the car.

The car honked twice. I ignored it. Three more honks, I ignored it. They kept honking but I ignored it. Then the car turned onto the street I was crossing and cut me off. I went around the back of the car and kept walking, realizing they (the two young men driving) were targeting me. I kept walking down the sidewalk but the car kept driving slowly, steadily, next to me. They then turned into a driveway in front of me, cutting me off once again. The two guys smiled at me. “What?” I yelled. Now I was pissed. I wanted to get home and I didn’t know what to do. I turned back around and began to walk to the house on the corner. A girl from my school lived there that I barely knew, but I was desperate. As I walked away they called, “Hey sweetie, where you goin?” I walked up to her front steps and rang her doorbell. No one answered, but thank god, the guys drove away. I quickly walked home, checking over my shoulder every two minutes

I am angry that I can’t walk comfortably in my own neighborhood without getting harassed. I’m embarrassed because I felt vulnerable. I’m scared to walk by myself now and I hate street harassment.

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  1. Abby says:

    You should not feel embarrassed… that’s a horrible situation and it sounded like you totally did the right thing. My mum taught me about going up to houses in those situations, even if you barely know the person, or it’s just a neighbour you recognise, it’s normally enough to scare the pricks off. Don’t let this make you feel nervous, feel reassured you did exactly the right thing, know the steps to take if it happens again and feel confident that you can hold your head up high in your neighbourhood

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