The Driver

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I’m walking home from Brookland Metro and it’s wet and gross outside. Brookland is a nice neighborhood with good people, but there are some sketchy parts and sketchy people that don’t know to leave well enough alone.

I wear my MP3 player as a way to deter street harassers from bothering me. I keep it high enough to keep my mind off of being harassed, but low enough to keep alert and aware of my surroundings. Unfortunately the MP3 player fails to keep these men from bothering me.

Blocks from my house, the driver of this gold car slows down and starts beeping at me. I try to ignore him, but he won’t stop beeping at me to get my attention. I turn around, and he stops in the middle of an intersection, opens his door and sticks himself out of it. I thought this guy was going to jump out and grab me and I was prepared to run.

He starts saying something to me which I can’t hear, but I don’t wait for him to repeat it. I start yelling at him.

Leave me alone!” I said. “I don’t know you! Don’t go around trying to talk to women you don’t know! It’s creepy as hell!”

He says something else, but I’m not even trying to listen. I started yelling out his license plate number:

” 9AW L70 (Maryland plates)! I got it!” That scared him enough to get back in his car and drive off. In past experiences dealing with harassers in cars, I’ve found that doing this (and adding the threat of calling the police if need be) helps.

I spent the rest of my walk home looking over my shoulder, making sure he didn’t try to turn around and stalk me, which has happened to me too many times. I’ve had men I don’t know offer me rides and tail me in their cars. It’s scary! I learned as a little kid to never take rides from strangers, and though it may sound corny that’s a lesson that’s stayed with me.

Submitted by anonymous

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