Groped in front of her grandfather while at Metro station

Location: Metro system
Time of Harassment: Unknown

A man had asked my grandfather for money so he could get onto the subway. We had no change, so we apologized and said no. Minutes later, while stepping into the subway, the same man walked by, and slapped my ass. I can deal with cat-calls, wolf whistles, whatever. It’s annoying, and disrespectful, but it’s not going to ruin my day. However, once you touch me without my consent, boundaries are crossed.

As a result of childhood rape, I don’t like being touched by anyone, even (especially?) family. All I had time for after this man slapped me was a gasp. I didn’t get to tell him “hands off,” or “get the fuck away from me,” or “back off, asshole!” Just a gasp, and I think the fact that I was too shocked to tell him off makes me angrier than anything.

Submitted by “SF”

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