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iPhone User Submission: Verbal commentary and sounds while waiting for the bus

While waiting with other people at the bus stop, a man who as also waiting mumbled “look at that little sweetie mmm”, then turned to his friend and said “look at her in that dress damn!” as if I couldn’t hear him. Fortunately when I got on the bus he did not sit near me.

 

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Nani’s Story: I would slow down and try to avoid them

Really truly my whole life I have been afraid of walking around gardners who work for the city / neighboring houses. Always do they think it’s okay to make kissy sounds at me and embarrassing cat calls. I also dislike so much when I’m driving and men in other vehicles deliberately drive beside me to look at me and nudge their friends. This one time a couple trucks divers would speed up to stare into my car. I would slow down and try to avoid them- but it was completely obvious these men were going out of their way on a busy street to make me feel uncomfortable.

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Hannah’s Story: “I was disgusted and mortified. I wish I would have stood up for myself.”

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.

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Kacie’s Story: “Not your babe. I don’t play for your team. Didn’t your mother teach you to respect women?”

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.

 

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Female City Dweller’s Story: Postal Worker harasses her

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?

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Anonymous Bodyguard’s Bystander Story: “That was unacceptable of him.”

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.

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iPhone User’s Story: Harassment followed by minimizing her reaction and more harassment.

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.

 

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R.’s Story: Guy harasses her while standing with his father

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.

 

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iPhone User’s Story: 14 year olds harassed multiple times within minutes.

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.

 

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Anon’s Story: Harassment was so bad she withdrew from university.

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!

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