“I directly told him ‘NO,’ but he wouldn’t go away.”

Time: Late Night (12am-5am)

I was out at a bar and a man kept approaching me to dance, grabbing my hand three different times. Even though I directly told him ‘NO’ each time, he wouldn’t go away. It finally took my male friend telling him to leave for this guy to stop bothering me. This scenario–where guys repeatedly ignore what women say–occurs to me and my friends all the time and is absolutely infuriating. How about you stop thinking that you can change women’s minds and instead LISTEN and RESPECT what we say.

Submitted 8/15/16 by “EK”

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