“I Deserve to Walk In My Neighborhood Without Facing Sexual Harassment.”

“I Deserve to Walk In My Neighborhood Without Facing Sexual Harassment.”

Location: Holbroke & Childress St NE
Time: Morning Rush Hour (5am-9:30am)

I was walking my dog before work and heard a man call out to me “Hey!” I thought he wanted to comment on the dog or something, so I stood there while he walked over. He leaned close to me and said, “You wanna sell some pussy, baby?”

It took me a moment to process that. When I had, I took a deep breath and screamed, “NO, I DO NOT. And NEXT TIME you are thinking about MY VAGINA, I’ll thank you to KEEP IT TO YOURSELF.”  I then ran up the steps to the rec center, paused at the top and shouted, “ASSHOLE.” He said nothing, just walked away.

I’ve seen him several times since and he always tries to say hello. I ignore him and cross the street.

Submitted 2/19/14 by “KES.”
Emphases by CASS.

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