When I was living in Japan from 2002-2004, men grabbed my butt as I was walking about in public, or standing at a festival with my junior high students, or standing on the sidewalk asking someone for directions. These “men” would grab my butt and walk away without saying a word. It was completely degrading and gross. It made me feel like a piece of meat – what on Earth would make them think they had a right to touch me!?!?!?!
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Keep talking about these instances, and helping people feel empowered to stand up and stop these people – scream, take a picture of them, stop them physically and call the police – whatever it takes – make a scene – embarrass the harassers!!
– Keryn S
Location: Throughout Japan
Need support? Call the toll-free National Street Harassment hotline: 855-897-5910