I am a single parent, 46 years old. I was harassed daily by my neighbor for four years He lived across the street from me and yelled vulgar things and grabbed his genitals. I called the police but they did not care. He would follow me to the store and to my son’s bus stop. I know he was capable of violence. I was literally a prisoner in my own home. He and his friends would get drunk and sit in his carport across the street to intimidate me. Thank the Lord above, I was able to move to a better neighborhood. I moved two weeks ago. The trauma of what this idiot did to me has not left me though. It was very frustrating that the police said I needed “evidence”. I always had my phone on video. It was kind of hard to prove.
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It starts at home. Teach your sons to respect women. Teach them to treat them the way they would want someone to treat their daughter. Teach them that women have souls, feelings, and deserve respect. Police should also take these issues seriously. They should have listened to me and handled the situation. They should patrol the streets and be aware of situations like this.
Location: Griffin, Georgia
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