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CheltenhamAnon’s Story: Harassed after a long day, “I don’t need this”!

Was leaving grocery store last night with fiancee and grabbed a couple of boxes for packing. Kid sitting on bench near woman who I assume was his mom says “yeah, giirl.” And smirks at me, staring very intently. While walking away, I glare back at him and grumble(a bit loudly) to fiancee, “the F*** was THAT?!” I still need to grab another box and walk back in and the little jerk is still grinning his dumb face off.
The woman saw what had happened and even she smirked. SMH at horrible parenting. Let me be frank. I wasn’t wearing anything revealing (not that it matters). I was wearing a t-shirt and stirrup pants and some sneakers. I just got done work. Ugh, I don’t need this.

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Jenn’s Story: Harassed and body-shamed for riding her bicycle

I had spent a lovely day biking the Schuylkill River Trail and was a few blocks from my home on Frankford Ave. I heard a vehicle behind me rev its engine, then speed up to pass me. When the two men in a pick up truck were next to me they slowed down and yelled “Move out of the way fat bitch!” and then sped away.

Not wanting further interaction with these men I stopped my bike and waited for my boyfriend to catch up to me. (He was a few blocks behind.) When he caught up to me I said to him “Man those guys in that pick up truck were real jerks.” He looked at me puzzled. Apparently they did not say anything to him. I then felt even more hurt and scared since I realized these men clearly yelled at me not just because i was a cyclist (bad enough) but because I was an unaccompanied FEMALE cyclist!

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Emily’s Story: 3 boys harass her as she walks back from the grocery store

A group of three middle-school age boys were walking the opposite direction while my boyfriend and I were walking back from the grocery store. One boy yelled “Hey I’ll trade you for your girl” while another yelled “ow ow”. The third one then yelled “TITS!” I had enough at that point and turned around and said, “Excuse me???” One boy immediately ran away, but the other two just stood still looking dumbfounded that I had responded to them about it. My boyfriend said, “Hey c’mon guys. Why would you say something like that? You know better than that. It’s not a cool thing to do.” The two boys seemed embarrassed and apologized. I really hope that being confronted and called out actually gave them a wake-up call and that they talk to their third friend about what happened. It’s ridiculous that I have to listen to boys who are less than half my age yell vulgar things at me on the street as if they have rights on my body.

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Liz’s Story: Harassed trying to ride the bus

Got on the bus with my mom, the bus driver kept staring at me instead of watching my mom out the correct change in the dispenser. When I walk past he says “Miss, you didn’t put the money in” (something to that degree), I told him I’m with “her” and pointed to my mom. My mom told him that he payed for both of us. Then the bus driver said “Sit down.”, “Don’t get loud” and some other cruel things that I don’t remember. Before sitting down I said “You should focus on driving instead of talking.” When we got off the bus I said “Thanks asshole that talks down to women.” Then I got off. For a few minutes he waited for me to pass with the bus door open to say something back.

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Hannah’s Story: She usually tries to ignore street harassment, but this was too egregious to ignore.

It was 3pm and I had just exited from my work and was walking down Broad towards Montgomery to go home. Just before I reached the intersection, not 50 feet away from the front door of the building I had just exited, I heard it. “Hey, baby! You be lookin fine!” Then his friend joined in. “Awh yeah, I’d like me some of that! You are just too hot! Mm!”

This isn’t an uncommon occurrence. Usually, I just let it go. In fact, I planned on just ignoring them. But they didn’t stop. So I turned around and asked them, “What makes you think I want to hear that?”

The first man came up and said, while looking me up and down, “Well I just wanted to let you know that you’re beautiful! You’re very, very fine.” His friend chimed in, agreeing.

I then countered with, “But I am not just here for you to comment on. This is my body and I would prefer if you did not comment on it. I feel incredibly uncomfortable when you say things like that. It is disrespectful and rude.”

The first guy actually engaged in a conversation with me and seemed to genuinely grasp the concept; he apologized. His friend, however, was not so understanding. He went on to say, “Well you gotta expect that. That’s just what men do. When we see something we like, we’ll say it. You’re gonna get that everywhere you go. You gotta get used to it.”

I responded with. “I have to get used to it? I should absolutely not have to get used to it. It is degrading, disrespectful and rude.” At that point, I turned to walk away. The first guy said goodbye and apologized again, but his friend continued to yell after me, “If you don’t like it, get out of Philadelphia! F*** you! Yeah, bitch, F*** YOU!”

At that point, I just crossed the street and waited for the light to change. I felt incredibly empowered by what I did, but I can’t help but imagine if it had happened at night. All I know is I’m going to carry some pepper spray with me on a regular basis, now!

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iPhone User: Whistled at as she walks out her front door – he knows where she lives.

I was walking down my driveway in the morning when a construction worker (so stereotypical) at a site across the street wolf whistled at me. I felt unsafe in my own front yard. We were the only two outside on my street and he could have tried anything, I had no way to defend myself.

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Alyssa’s Story: Harassed from his car while getting gas for her car

Guy leaning out of his car whistled at me and catcalled me. While I was getting gas. In my car.

 

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iPhone User Submission: Harassed by man who was in car with a woman and 2 children

While I was waiting to cross the highway, a man pulled up in the turn lane next to me. He had a woman and two children in the car, yet he still yelled out the window, “hey you are looking real cute today” before the light changed.

 

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Jill’s Story: Whistled at by multiple construction workers on her walk home

Several construction workers whistled and screamed at me on my walk home yesterday.

 

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Riruka’s Story: “Why did he think he had a right to my name? Why was I dumb enough to give it? Why was he powerwalking next to me when it was clear I had somewhere to go?”

I don’t think this counts as stalking, but others might disagree. Anyway, I’m powerwalking to somewhere in the mall, earbuds in, and this guy (prolly 40s) follows me through the doors and is saying “hey” to me. I’m just so tired so I turn to him and say “can I help you?”
Him: What’s your name?
Me: Why?
Him: I see you on my way to work and I think you’re beautiful!
Me: (I know I shouldn’t have done this, but I was in a hurry) *real name*. My name is *real name*.
Him: My name’s (blabla)
Me: Okay. *stares*
Him: … Are you single?
Me: No. Engaged.
Him: Darn, the pretty ones are always taken!
Me: K. *walks away*

Why did he think he had a right to my name? Why was I dumb enough to give it? Why was he powerwalking next to me when it was clear I had somewhere to go?

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