I was walking my dog and a man in a work uniform knelt down to pet her. When he got up to walk away, he slapped my ass. At first I was stunned, but then I started following him yelling (crowded street in the Streeterville part of downtown Chicago). I followed him for 10 minutes, yelling that “THIS GUY JUST ASSAULTED ME WITHOUT MY CONSENT” and “THIS GUY’S A PERVERT”. When he turned around and yelled that I was “crazy” and “should go home and act like a lady,” I really let him have it. I was really disappointed that everyone on the street just looked at me like I was insane, but I’ll bet he thinks twice before he assaults someone again.
Optional: Do you have any suggestions for dealing with harassers and/or ending street harassment in general?
Call them out on it. LOUDLY. And if you’re on the street and someone is calling a harasser out, go to her and ask if she needs help. Just be there in case the asshole tries to retaliate.
Location: Chicago, IL
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