C’s Story: Walking home from the store

So I was walking home from Target at 10AM. I heard someone behind me saying “hey, hey!”.  I turned around to see if they were talking to me, because there was no one in front of me. He ran up closer to me and asked me if I knew what time it was. I told him “10:02”, turned around and kept walking. He walked up behind me faster, tried to grab my wrist and asked me if he could take me on a date right now. I kinda laughed and said “no” and kept walking. He continued to follow me and asked why not and if it’s because I had a boyfriend. I was starting to get annoyed and said “Because I said so, and yes I do.”

At that point I crossed the street and continued walking away from him. He continued to follow me and asked me if my boyfriend was white or black. I said “white”.   And then I was speed walking to the big intersection and he tried to tell me that I could love my boyfriend and him at the same time. And then HE TRIED TO GRAB MY PHONE out of my hand so he ‘could put his number in it”.
That’s when I started running. A construction worker asked me if there was a problem and I breathlessly said “yes”. Then the man told me he would see me later and that he loved me, then crossed the street.

The construction worker that intervened then walked me the entire way home to make sure I got there safely. I have no idea what I would’ve done if that construction worker hadn’t been there.

And not to give into rape culture, but I wasn’t dressed provocatively. I had basketball shorts on and a vneck. No make up on and my hair was flat from sleeping on it. I also have enough bags under my eyes to build a levee.

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  1. Jules says:

    That’s probably the most aggressive harassment I’ve heard yet, wow. Good for you for not putting up with it. Don’t let them intimidate you. In my experience it’s best not to answer any questions they ask you as that seems to embolden them, and they tend to use that as a way to “get their foot in the door” and step up the harassment. (And the true idiots think you’re answering bc you’re interested in further engagement with them. Never overestimate their social intelligence.)I’m glad you posted because this is also an instance of where a bystander did the right thing, and we need to hear more about that and champion these folks as well.

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