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One day while walking through the downtown area of my town, a car with two men was driving alongside me. The men started yelling things like, “Hey baby,” “Look here” and “I’d like to get with you” out the window at me. I quickened my pace to move away from them.
I was wearing a tank top on a sweltering summer afternoon in Virginia to walk my dog after a long shift and a summer of no A/C. I walked along the boulevard and feel a number of eyes on me. One person aggressively called out, “Hey baby” repeatedly. My shoulders bowed in–his voice raised, his calls grew more lewd. I yelled, “f**k you, sexist” back. He followed me for two blocks, yelling and calling me a bitch. The saddest part is that he left his young son in his car to witness this.
I get barked at. A lot.
This jerk stood outside his car and said, “Damn.” Grabbing his chin, he stared and proceeded to whistle at me and my sister as we walked into a store…the whole walk seemed to take forever. Gave him the finger and kept walking, but that didn’t stop him.
Girl rode by while I was walking in the dark and hollered, “You’re cute!”
I was on a regional train, going towards Reggio Calabria, South of Italy. At the train stop “Villa”, many people got off the train. A guy was sitting in front of me. We were almost alone, there was only a man on the backside but he was far. The guy sitting in front of me began masturbating. I realised that later, as I wasn’t watching him for a long time. So I got up and shouted, then I escaped. Because of the rush, I moved towards the empty part of the train: absolutely no one was there. So I decided to go back (I had no choice really) and then it happened the thing that I feared the most: I met that guy; as I feared, he was coming towards me. I blew him with the elbow and ran to the ticket collector and told him what happened. Terrible.
I was really terrified when I saw the guy following me, realising that no one could help me. Now I’m quite shocked. I don’t know I didn’t call the police: I just wanted to go home. But now I regret not having done it.
I shared this even if I’m far from NY, because I think street harassment is a SERIOUS international problem.
Car full of men yelled, “Hey baby” and “sexy” at me on a dark street.
1) You dropped your smile in the puddle back there.
2) You’re looking fine as ever (whispered into my ear).
3) A man asked me what time it was, I told him, he walked away. But then when I was bending over putting something in my trunk, he had come back to grab my ass. (I did call the cops).
4) Him: “Come home with me.”
Me: “F**k off”
Him: “You f**king c**t”
My friend and I were going out downtown. While trying to park our car at a garage, two men pulled up next to us and were making obscene sexual gestures toward us. They pulled into the garage behind us so we decided to go to another garage.
Followed by three young men on a dark street in Chicago, they taunted me: “Hey, stop. Don’t you have anything for us?” They snickered and I picked up the pace and they yelled catcalls, but thankfully didn’t pursue.