“It took weeks for me to feel safe walking around my neighborhood.”

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Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

A guy muttered something under his breath as he walked passed me on the street. It turned out we lived in the same building, but he accused me of not living there when I walked in behind him. He called me a “cunt” when I told him I did live there. I immediately told the guard and complained to our building management. Everyone was supportive, but it took weeks for me to feel safe walking in/out of my building and around my neighborhood.

Submitted 9/26/16 by “MRB”

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