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These guys in Steak ‘n Shake just took a picture of me and smirked. They keep staring.
Walking to the gas station across the street, I was cat called at least 5 times. Some were from passing cars, others were people standing around on the side of the road.
While walking to Grady to visit a friend in the hospital, a group of three men are exiting the hospital at the same moment. Typically, I look down or refrain from making eye contact for fear of harassment, but this time I felt confident that I can simply walk by men with no consequences. Unfortunately, I was wrong. I walked by and gave a curt nod as a friendly gesture and one of the men says to me” my friend wants to eat a cherry off your ass!” He and his friends start laughing and high-fiving. I continue walking and laugh along with him as an immediate reaction. But waiting for an elevator I am outraged that I thoughtless applauded that gross “compliment” by laughing alongside them.
A man asked me for my phone number while I was on a walk. I politely told him that I’m married and not interested. He told me he was just looking for friends. He continued to follow me for quite a while, trying to start conversation. I was uncomfortable gave single syllable replies for the most part.
After he followed me for about a mile, he told me his house was nearby and tried to persuade me to come home with him. When I said no, he grabbed my hand and put it on his crotch. I walked away quickly, and he followed me for about an hour, until I got to a corner shop where the employees know me, went in, and stayed there for about half an hour.
I was 19 & went with my roommate & my friend, 16 to a show at masquerade. As we were leaving, A man was sitting in his car, staring at the three of us and began making crude remarks. I made my youngest friend go in the middle of us and I was the one closest to his car. He was annoyed with the nasty look I gave & waited until we were behind his car and then hit me & my friend with a little bump of his car just so he could have a reason to get out & come at us. We ran to my car & got out of there.
Earlier today in the last leg of my run, a man drives up next to me asking if he could run with me. I ignore him and keep jogging. He then proceeds to slowly creep behind me commenting about how nice my butt was. All I could do was turn up my music to drown him out and run a little faster (even though I was exhausted at this point) to get away from him, but it was pointless as he was in a car. He finally drove away after a few more seconds. That was one of the most degrading things I’ve ever experienced. Had it not been broad daylight, I would have been even more terrified than I already was.
I have a middle aged gentleman staring at my chest in a restaurant, and I’m not sure about verbal harassment because he only spoke to me once and not in English, but the watching has been going on for ten minutes now. Awkward.
I went to the mall to return a pair of jeans and as I was leaving I saw a group of guys walking towards me. I cringed. I hoped they wouldn’t say anything and I tried not to make eye contact. As I walked past them, one of the guys grabbed my wrist and tried to pull me towards him! I was scared and snatched myself away as fast as I could and kept moving. I heard them yelling things at me as I sped out of there. Nobody intervened or looked concerned.