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“I think I gave them a tiny scare”

Stories, street harassment | on September, 02, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

I’m 54 years old.  I don’t get yelled at any more.  And it is a relief. Every time I pass a construction site I get a little lift just from knowing that I won’t be yelled at. But the problem is worse than ever.  And I refuse to just bask in the privilege of no [...]

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“Hopefully this disrespect will die out”

Stories, street harassment | on September, 02, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

Every day I walk down the street to my home in London I get comments from men ranging from “compliments,” to comments about my body, to something more explicit. Every time I feel attacked, undermined, disrespected, vulnerable and furious! These men know women don’t want to hear it. It’s not a compliment, it’s a power [...]

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“I remember feeling shameful”

Stories, street harassment | on September, 02, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

My father had just retired from the Air Force and we had moved off base.  This meant I had to walk from my house to the train station, then take the train to the stop right outside of Yokota AFB. I was fifteen.  I took the same route every day.  Then one morning, a little [...]

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“I was beginning to panic”

Stories, street harassment | on August, 31, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

I was waiting for the tram and I notice a 60-year-old man in the nearby staring at me. He made me feel very uncomfortable and I walked away from him and continued waiting. The guy continued staring at me with fixed eyes, and then came to me. He placed himself right in front of me, [...]

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“There weren’t any more inappropriate shouts from them that afternoon”

Stories, street harassment | on August, 30, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

Someone was hollering harassment at female athletes on the West Drive in Central Park. This time it sounded like it was coming from a male so young his voice hadn’t changed yet. A glance over the shoulder showed a group of seven boys on bicycles. They looked the right age for Junior High School. Their [...]

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“I don’t think he meant for me to feel harassed”

Stories, street harassment | on August, 30, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

I’ve been going to the same gym almost every week day Monday through Friday for over a year and a half. The people who attend the gym don’t talk often and are there to put the work in, so I’ve only chatted with men who have approached me maybe twice. The times I’ve been approached [...]

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“Where’s the rest of your outfit sweetheart?”

Stories, street harassment | on August, 30, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

Within 30 seconds of stepping out of my building, a man in a garbage truck shouts, “Where’s the rest of your outfit sweetheart?” Followed by something incomprehensible and then “Sexy!” It is 8:30 a.m., I am on my way to work at Columbia University, and I’m wearing sandals and a shirt-dress that goes past my [...]

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