Nicole’s Story: “I felt like I did something wrong”

I went on a walk with my dog wearing long running shorts, an old, baggy t-shirt. A car full of high school boys was at a stop sign while I was a block ahead. They hung halfway out the windows and whistled and yelled at me. It wasn’t much but I was a 13 year old, innocent young girl and it scared the hell out of me. I felt ashamed, embarrassed for there were other cars in the intersection, and I felt like I did something wrong. I started running because I was afraid they would circle the block. I’ve been timid of walking alone ever since (it was a year ago), but finding Hollaback has given me the courage to know that I’m not alone and that I can stand up for myself.

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  1. Marilyn says:

    I can so relate to your story – when I was 14, I woke early one Sunday and took a walk by myself around the neighborhood. There were very few people on the street so when a car slowed down and the driver started to talk to me, I became very scared. He followed me and turned his car around every time I ran the other way. Before that morning I’d generally felt safe, like I could take care of myself but after, I never felt the same way about going for a walk by myself again.

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