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I was leaving Piedmont Park to go to a coffee shop after I spent a good day sketching. I was in a good mood, so I didn’t really mind at first when the group of young men I walked past on my way out greeted me and wanted to high-five me, I thought they were just being friendly. But then they started following me and one of them kept trying to hit on me and commenting on my body, saying that he liked his girls to be “juicy.” I was wearing a fitted t-shirt, baggy jeans, and a wrap sweater. When I pulled the sweater around me to cover up more the creep said “Aw, c’mon let me have a little peek.” Once I had gotten out of the park, they left and I crossed the street to avoid coming into contact with them again even though it meant that I would have to go back across the street to get to the coffee shop I wanted to go to. I haven’t seen them again and I still go to the park as often as I can.
I have had several occasion where I am harassed while working. I drive for a major logistics company. On my way back to the warehouse there was this car that keep riding side by side. When I looked over there was a man pleasuring himself while watching me. He followed me from downtown all the way to fulton industrial.
I was waiting for a bus at Georgia State station when two men walked up to me. They introduced themselves and said they were talking about some concert so at first I thought they were just advertising that. Then after talking to me for about two minutes one man “hugs” me without warning. After I pulled away his friend grabbed me and tried to kiss me. I told them to go away and the first guy grabbed my butt and made some really gross comments before walking away.
I had on a dress and lipstick and I was on a walk to my friends house. I was only fourteen, and it was super hot outside. We were going to the mall, but her friend’s mom was picking us up from her house, and it was a fairly short walk, so I figured her mom could pick us both up there. On my way there, I was whistled at, honked at, and someone yelled at me “Hey hon, what’s your name?”. I was only FOURTEEN, and these men were maybe twenty-five or thirty. I had no idea what to do, and I was scared that someone was going to stop their car and try to take me.
11th of December, two men whistling at me from their window in Brown dorm as I walked home with a friend.
Creepy guy on rail trail tried to proposition me saying “suck dick for 20″ while on my way home from work.
I was walking back to the car with my friend and her grandfather. As we were walking, my friend overheard two guys talking and she looked at them to see them staring at me. They then said “look at that one”. My outfit may have counted as a bit “short”, but I liked it. (Picture of outfit attached- T shirt and overalls) I’m going on vacation soon and I shouldn’t have to have a plan for if something like that happens and escalates. I’m scared of what would have happened if I had been alone.
Invasive pat downs are always in the back of my mind when I fly. I can’t relax until I hear the engines start up.
So, going through PDX security alone and having a TSA agent stop me by the first class lane, look at my id and boarding pass, and ask “You first class or just beautiful?” scared me. I was kinda shocked and said “What?” maybe a little sharper than I needed to. He quickly handed me back my boarding pass and id and waved me over to the line I’d been heading for to begin with without saying anything else.
I was terrified I’d be subjected to a pat down (groped) because I’d been snippy with him and maybe embarrassed him. It’s a miracle I didn’t look suspicious to someone just because I was scared of that happening.
I was so glad I had my boyfriend watching me go through security.