New submission : Jackie’s story!

It was around 5pm in the less than a block it takes me to get from work to my bicycle. A man sitting on a bench called out to me “Hey schoolgirl”. I was walking with a friend and had a backpack. He then mumbled something loudly about Jesus. “…I see her every other day but I don’t know her name. That’s the girl I’m going to rape”. I never so much as made eye contact with him. I could still hear him mumbling at/about me from his bench as I unlocked my bike. It seemed like he might have been either not sober or had a mental illness. I sympathize with people suffering from mental health issues but I also deserve to feel safe in public. I get harassed very often on Bank Street but this stood out as an explicit threat.