STREET HARASSMENT: FOLLOWED IN A CAR
I was walking to Dunkin Donuts after going to a store on Quentin Road and decided to turn down 36th street. At the corner of 36th and Fillmore I was waiting for the light to turn green so I could walk to the other side of the street. A man was turning left onto 36th from Fillmore in his car. As he was turning, he was looking sideways at me, instead of straight ahead. He saw me make note of this and fully stopped his car less than a quarter of the way up the block to stare back at me as I crossed the street.
I felt paranoid but kept looking around and went on my way down Fillmore. But as I reached the corner of 38th street and Fillmore, I saw the same guy come from behind me on Fillmore again, and try to turn onto 38th street where I was about to cross the street. He went around the corner to get near me with his car again.
I wasn’t sure if he was speaking to me because I had headphones in, but it freaked me out. Instead of continuing up Fillmore, I turned back in the other direction and ran to a cousin’s house nearby. This isn’t the first time I’ve been followed in Marine Park and it won’t be the last. I was harassed on my own block the next day and purposely didn’t enter my house because I didn’t want the harasser to know where I lived. It makes me so angry that I have to fear walking in my own usually safe neighborhood in broad daylight because men cannot control their urge to make comments or try to get my attention.