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Unfortunately, Windsor is yet to have a Hollaback of our own, but this is a problem that exists in our community.
I am a University student who depends on transit. Waiting for the bus, men have tried to pick me up in their cars. Waiting for the bus, men have called me names. Waiting for the bus, a man waited until I made eye contact with him before he grabbed his penis at me through his pants. I was scared and didn’t know what to do. I went home and called a cab and cried.
Walking, I’ve been called names. Walking, men have called, “hey baby, why don’t you want to talk to me? Come here. Come here.” Walking, I’ve started to wear giant headphones. I’m not sure if people call me names, but I drown it out.
This week, I got off the bus and a man smiled in my direction. I crossed the street and wearing my headphones, I didn’t hear anything. I see out of the corner of my eye that he is following me. He is saying something while following me. Again, I didn’t know what to do. I shot him a look and went into a store.
I still don’t know what to do. I’m afraid to get into a confrontation. I’m afraid to stay passive. I hate hate hate hate hate being afraid.
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