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On Sunday I wore a dress that hits mid-thigh, with thick tights, knee high boots and a coat. The first harrassment was at 1pm. I was at Union Station in DC and one of the male Greyhound workers called me baby girl. 2nd and 3rd harrassment back home in Ridgewood, Queens that evening- a male passerby yelled hey baby how are you right in my face. A little later, a food delivery man stared at me grinning and asked if I wanted to have fun tonight.
My friend was walking to school and an elderly man whispered to her “delicious.”
I walk my dog along the same 2-mile route everyday at about the same time of day. I walk with my head down, not looking at any passing cars, and avoiding any human interaction whatsoever. For the entire walk I am nervous and tense just waiting for the inevitable street harassment that occurs at least once every time. Guys drive by and yell out “Hey fat ass!” or “Your ass is huge!” or “I’d like to tap that big ass!” Or, they will drive up behind me as I am walking and just yell “Boo Bitch!” to see me jump and then drive off laughing. I have multiple sclerosis and, in the beginning, the walking was very peaceful and relaxing but now the street harassment creates the kind of stress that causes MS flare-ups – dizziness, numbness and tingling in my hands and feet, or my legs get rubbery feeling.
I wish that I could take down the license plate numbers and file lawsuits against all of these degenerates but the current laws do not support such actions. Complaints such as this are dismissed routinely and it’s a shame because maybe if the law was behind us we could put a stop to street harassment forever, or at least reduce the frequency. Instead I have to reduce the frequency of my walks and sacrifice my own emotional and physical health.
So I was getting off of the six train 103rd street station stop. I was on the platform heading to the stairs, when this tall male came up to me. He told me how beautiful I was, and how I’m the prettiest girl he’d ever seen, etc. He offered me his card, and I said no thanks. He said ok, then to my shock, he kissed me on the cheek and ran away! I was LIVID! I went to the cops about it.
The male cop at the desk didn’t seem interested in helping me at all!!
Saw a man publicly urinating on the door of Equinox. Then he turned around while doing so and said, “Hey sweetie how are you doing?” I didn’t respond and he and his friend continued to harass me verbally. I gave them the finger as I crossed the street, and their comments turned violent and aggressive, saying “fuck you” and “pussy” among a slur of insults and verbal assaults. I feared for my safety and ran home
He yelled, “Nice crotch.”
I was walking past a construction site when a few of the workers stopped to stare at me as I walked by. I stopped walking and told them to stop staring at me, and one worker repeatedly yelled “Maybe it’s because of that big fat ass and hips that we’re staring!” I took out my phone to take a photo of him and he came towards me with his hand up, but didn’t touch me. I called the local precinct to report the verbal harassment and they said “it was disrespectful but does not qualify as harassment.”
Was on my way to Port Authority from the 3 train at the 42nd street subway station…felt like getting myself something to drink at one of the magazine stands in the station. There was one near the exit and ticket booth, right before you enter the stairs to PA (right side). I have no idea why anyone would treat a potential customer this way, but this guy started saying “Hey cutie.” “You’re really cute.” “So, so cute.” Ugh. I gave a disgusted look, turned around and walked out without buying anything…and I certainly won’t be going back!