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I parked my car and noticed 2 men on a porch staring at me. I took a deep breath & got out. The entire time I walked across the street they whistled, yelled “hey baby, damn, hey cutie.” I got inside and my hands were shaking profusely. I returned a little later, rushing to my car, & now 5 of them were yelling at me, commenting on my “nice tits & ass,” inviting me on the porch, and trying to “get with me.” I was disgusted and mortified. I wish I would have stood up for myself.no comments
I was at wawa in North Wales, PA today.
I walked past two guys at an ATM. “Guy1″ was on it, stopped and just stared at me.
Guy2: Dude let’s go!
Guy1: Hold up. (To me) YO BABE. STOP BEING SUCH A DISTRACTION AND COME HERE. (He winked)
Me: 1. Not your babe. 2. I don’t play for your team. 3. Didn’t your mother teach you to respect women? 4. Go fuck yourself.
Time — 2:25 pm on Friday August 29, 2014
Location — Close to the Vivira Community Credit Union (15th and Spruce St)
Incident — I was taking care of errands and chose to walk through this neighborhood thinking that I could avoid uncomfortable street harassment. I have experienced street harassment from random men in Philadelphia but never from a person wearing a uniform. As I was walking towards Broad St, I noticed a tall, Caucasian, male postal worker a few feet ahead of me. While he was walking, he glanced back and saw me. I should mention that because of street harassment experiences, I dress very modestly even on hot summer days. I was surprised when the postal worker proceeded to stand on the tall stoop of a building in order to eye me up and down. He even created a soundtrack for himself as he made cat calls. I felt sick and walked past as fast as I could. I felt extra sick to think that this guy is (a) federal employee, (b) can harass young women in their buildings as he delivers the mail, (c) and his wages are supported in part by women like myself who depend on the postal service.
After my errands, I decided to come home and share my experience on this website. Maybe someone can suggest what one should do when faced with harassment by a person in uniform. How safe are our streets when federal employees behave like this in broad daylight, in a so-called respectable neighborhood?
Was in a nice restaurant tonight and a brazen 60-something leathery man walked over to the next table and started hitting on a 22-year old girl having dinner with her mother. He commented on the girls eyes, complexion, and toes. He asked the mom if he could “date her daughter.” After the man’s third visit to their table (I could tell his actions were really bothering them), I couldn’t take it and stepped in and asked him to leave them to their conversation. He left but hovered nearby, so I then let the waitress know what happened so she could step in too if needed. Us women have to look out for one another. That was unacceptable of him.
I was walking out to my car when two guys in a big truck honk multiple times at me (super embarrassing). When I flip them off, they tell me to “calm down, sweetheart” among other things that I could not hear as they drove away.
I was walking past the Media Courthouse (front st & olive intersection) and walked past a young man who said something like “I feel you”. I was going to ask why he said that except that his father who wasn’t too far behind was eyeing me as well.
At the local gas station, I saw an older man (looked to be in his 40s) come over by my friend and I to check her out. (mind you, we’re both 14) A few minutes later, he and I made eye contact and I glared at him and in return he smugly smirked at me. Later on, we got honked at by a car full of men on our walk home.
No one knows this, but I was verbally harassed so many times on a daily basis that I actually became terrified of the city and withdrew from my University because of it. I wouldn’t leave my dorm room except to go to class and avoided parties because I wouldn’t walk around outside after dark. It was hard for my friends to understand because they weren’t being followed around with the generic “Hey beautiful”s and “Sexy”s. There was one time where a man on the street stopped and proposed to me. It’s crazy that people call me paranoid because of it. People need to become aware of street harassment!
So about two months ago, while walking home late, a man was yelled to me ” yo shorty let me holla at you” I ignored him. He continued ” yo, you hear me? I’m talking to you” I replied “no I’m cool”. As I got further down the street he proceeds to throw a can at me. The can missed me, but I was terrified. I didn’t know what to do and to honest I was afraid to call the cops cause I’d been drinking and felt they’d nothing anyway. Street harassment is a terrible reality but to stop it we [have to speak out.]
PECO subcontractors (from some company named something like InterSource or something), about 10 or 15 of them. I was walking back from kayaking on the river. I hear a whistle and ignore it. Then I hear “what, you’re whistling at her?” Real classy PECO, real classy. I went back and complained to one of the men who had not caught up to the others yet, and was told I could not possibly have heard what I thought I heard. Because I’m what, making it up in my head? I called and complained and was told a supervisor would call back to take the complaint in 24 hours, but they never did.
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