Story, verbal

J.’s Story: In the train

I was traveling to work with my suitcase on a very crowded train. My back was facing the door and a woman tried to squeeze on the train with her back to my back – a clear sign that she did not want to be inappropriate. But, there wasn’t enough space so she left. The next thing I know, I feel someone slam into me from behind. I turn to see a man who is facing my back continuing to push his body into mine. I try to push him telling him that his penis is touching me. He tells me no and proceeds to try to stand behind me pressing his body into mine. I was able to shift my body so that his front was facing my side, but he clearly violated my space and my body. Of course no mta officer or police were anywhere to be found. Thank God for this site!

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Story, verbal

Trish’s Story: Very concerned mom

This past weekend (August 21-23 2015) I visited my 20 year old daughter who moved to New York in June. She told me she deals with this street harassment on a daily basis. Mainly by construction workers. But while I was there with her we were both harassed. One man just said my daughter was beautiful but that didn’t bother me too much it was another man who said something as we passed then proceeded to follow us singing he wished he was a pair of shorts right now… It’s unacceptable! They should not be allowed to make anyone, especially a young girl, feel nervous and scared to walk down a busy street. What is being done about this now? And what is the money donated go to? Thanks for listening,
Very concerned mom.

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Story, verbal

HOLLA ON THE GO: Drive by harassment

I was walking toward Broadway on a residential street, when a car pulled around the corner and stopped next to me. I am wearing clothing I found on the floor of my bedroom, I’m sweating and my hair is thrown up into a mess. The older man driving the car shouts, “I love you, Mami” then speeds away.

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HOLLA ON THE GO: Waiting for a ride

I was waiting on a corner of the street, this 30-40 year old man came up to me and said “you are so pretty, you should be more appreciative! Why don’t you just smile?! I can’t see how pretty you really are if you don’t smile! It’s a waste of your good looks!!” Then he just walked away before I could respond.

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Story, verbal

HOLLA ON THE GO: Mouthy construction working

“Good morning, sweetheart. See, that face don’t say good morning. Take a compliment.” That’s not a compliment. Go away, creepy construction worker.

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racist, Story, verbal

HOLLA ON THE GO: Verbally Aggressive Construction Worker

Today, while walking home from work at 4:15PM, I encountered a verbally aggressive and demeaning construction worker at the construction site on the corner of 1st Avenue and E. 88th Street. It appeared that this specific worker had been assigned to redirect foot traffic to a newly create walkway just on the edge of the site. Instead of doing his job politely he took it as an opportunity to not only leer at every woman walking by, including myself, but to also make sexually aggressive comments to each of us. Furthermore when a response was not elicited he yelled “puta!” The development/construction company who hired him should be ashamed to have a man working for them who is so unprofessional and ill behaved.

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Story, verbal

Yelled At

I was out walking with my friend. A passenger in a dark green sedan leaned out of the car window and screamed “bitch” at us, and then continued speeding down James Street. The car was driving recklessly.

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groping, nonverbal harassment, Story

Harassed in the Train Station

While walking to my train, a man walking by was swinging his arm grabbed my crotch. I yelled after him and he just shrugged.

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nonverbal harassment, Story

Ruined my Walk

I’m studying for the bar exam and to say I am stressed and exhausted is a gigantic understatement. I went for a walk to get a juice and some fresh air, and as I’m walking down the street, this guy comes up really close and waves at me. I sorta ducked and moved away. Then I hear him make kissy noises behind me. Disgusting. Ruined my walk.

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Story, verbal

I had the right of way

I was trying to cross the intersection at East 51st and 3rd Avenue. A man in a black car was blocking the crosswalk when the traffic light changed. I attempted to cross the street when I technically had the right of way. He stepped on the gas and quickly braked and then honked angrily at me. I flipped him off because he had almost run me over. He waited for me to finish crossing the street before he rolled his window down and shouted out “suck my cock, bitch!” It was loud enough for everyone on both sides of the intersection to hear and everyone turned to look.

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