HOLLA ON THE GO: Today walking back home…

Today walking back home from a very long class, i saw a group of 5-13 year olds who were walking against me. i didn’t care because, who would expect that a 10 year old harasses an 18 year old? anyway i kept walking and even though i was wearing my glasses that doesn’t show my eyes i still avoided eye contact because of habit. this boy grabbed my breasts, and i faked running after him and he ran very fast. after he went away what hurt me the most was this. I get catcalled on a daily basis, I live in Iran, so I wear hijab and long clothes. I normally don’t think twice about catcallers because i wear my headphones and i ignore everything. but this was different, this was shameful how even the next generation is not well educated about respect. And what hurts me even more is that the kids were proud. I’ve been thinking about how i could’ve reacted differently, asked them to sit and talk to them about respect but even with a bunch of 5-13 year old boys i didn’t feel safe. i feel used and not just for pleasure for a really fun story the boy is going to tell his friends as if he were a superhero. he doesn’t understand that what he did to me today even though it is a fun momentary pleasure for him, IS a nerve wrecking problem i face everyday and I’m not even kidding. I’ve been followed on many occasions, physically harassed on public transport, and etc. but this just showed me that the girls tomorrow are not going to feel safe either. I’m not allowed in Iran to carry a pepper spay and i don’t really know how to react in these situations. i just say no to “can we talk” “can I take your time” and i leave the place immediately when someone comments about my body. And i don’t want to discuss these issues with my parents because if they know they wont let me go out of the house.

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