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This happened more than four years ago whilst I was in college, and whilst I know now I would have behaved in a different way had the same situation occurred, I still remember how scared it made me feel at the time.
I was walking in the city center during the afternoon doing some shopping and a middle aged man I notice began to follow me. He was subtle at first but then it became really apparent as I tried to lose him several times but he kept following me into every shop. I was really scared and even though there were lots of people around me I felt too embarrassed/ashamed to say anything to anyone. I walked to the bus stop wanting to quickly get home and he still was following me and began to harass and intimidate me. At that point I told him to leave me alone and just was so thankful the bus came and he didn’t get on. I have no idea what I would have done if he did. It made me feel really scared to even walk in the city center by myself during the day.
Unfortunately like many women over the years I have had to put up with street harassment on a weekly basis and the frequency of this has meant I’ve learnt with how to deal with it a lot better than when I was in college. Now when ever I get harassed or made to feel uncomfortable I enjoy making *them* feel really embarrassed and ashamed for daring to think they can get away with treating me like an object.
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