“I’m only 15 years old…”

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I’m only 15 years old, and I was walking down from my HIGH SCHOOL to Four Corners to wait for my parent to pick me up when I was harassed by two young men. As I walked past a bus shelter to go to the Starbucks, two guys who were sitting there got up, and flanked me side by side.

Obviously I felt really uncomfortable, so I sped up. The guy on the left said “Girl, you a classy bitch”, presumably because that day I had on a nice outfit for an interview. I didn’t turn around and I just kept walking, so his friend sped up, and grabbed me by my shoulder. I was really shocked, and pushed him off, and started walking really, really fast. They called profanities and stuff like I should be happy they’re saying it after me, but the rest of the day I was really shaken, because he had physically pulled me back, and it really scared me.

What’s worse is that they made me seem like the bad guy for not appreciating their advances.

Submitted by anonymous

Location: University Blvd

Time of harassment: Evening Rush Hour (3:30P-7:30P)

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4 Responses

  1. Nigerian Sista

    I am sorry that this happened to you. This may sound extreme but this is the reason why I carry pepper spray on a key chain EVERYWHERE I go in my hand. And I do mean everywhere. Sometimes I ball it up in my hand depending on where I am or if I’m walking with someone. But if I’m by myself I definently have it visibly in my hand. I am 27 years old so I have been dealing with street harassment for a while now. One of the the most frustrating aspects about it is that you never really KNOW when it’s going to happen, you just can’t predict it. I just make sure I always have my cellphone available (In case I may need to call the authorities) and my pepper spray in my hand.

  2. cathy

    i’m so sorry, i hope you’re able to talk about it with someone you trust in your life. there’s no one way to cope with harassment, you’ll deal with it in the best way for you. stay strong and know this isn’t your fault.

  3. Anonymous

    I ‘m so sorry you had to deal with that as well —- it gets so that a young girl/woman has to have a constant escort. I got that all the time when I was a teen and just like you I even had someone (by this time I was in my 20s) literally grab my arm as I walked to the bus stop near Potomac Avenue. He grabbed it like he had every right too. Hold your head up strong young lady — I’m just so sorry this happened to you.

  4. Bridget

    I’m 15 as well, and I think it’s DISGUSTING when grown men hit on me (I don’t know how old they were in your case, but any age is inappropriate). One time I was walking in my neighborhood when a car full of older guys drove by and one yelled at the window “Four more years, baby!” Implying that I would be 18 then and he wouldn’t get arrested for doing god knows what with me. I HATE that these men think they have a right to judge us and call us out, as if we are there only for their pleasure.