Street Harrassment: Assertive Stories

You got great legs, baby!” a 43-year-old man told Brittney, a 15-year-old girl, as she waited for the subway on her way to school in NYC. In response, she said, “Excuse me, you probably have a daughter older than me.” Unconcerned by that thought he said, “Sorry you just look so sexy in that schoolgirl outfit I couldn’t help it and you do have great legs.” Undeterred, Brittney said, “Sexual harassment is a crime, leave me alone or I will report you,” and the harasser hurried away. At the end of her story she wrote, “I count that as a win for me because I hear things like that all the time and I finally stood up for myself and said something.”

Source: http://www.stopstreetharassment.org/strategies/assertive-responses/assertive-responses-stories/

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