Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tired of being Harassed

I live in the outer SE of Portland - a good 45 minute bus ride home from work for me. So the last thing after a long day I want is to be dealing with street harassers. 

I get off the bus a few blocks from where I live. Unfortunately this means walking by two strip joints, a pawn shop, bar and two mini-mart type stores. 

In the last week I've been harassed three times by a man outside of the Plaid Pantry.

He starts with "Hey Baby."
I don't respond and keep walking.

"HEY BABY!" (getting louder)
I don't respond and walk faster.

"HEY LADY!!!!" (practically screaming at me)
I don't respond and walk even faster.

I know "It Won't End Unless You Do Something" but I'm tired of not feeling safe walking home. I'm not sure how angry this man will get by my not responding. 

I'm going to be looking for a new way home today - even if it means an even longer commute.

2 comments:

  1. Ugh. Street harassment is the worst. I wrote about a particularly bad day I had recently and it got picked up by Hollaback. http://www.ihollaback.org/blog/2012/07/06/this-sundress-is-not-for-you/

    The best thing to do is to keep talking about it. You're not alone!

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