Winning a Stand Off vs a Harasser

Several years ago, I was walking to a meet and friend, and a young man (early to mid 20s) slowed down a made a vulguar remark, circled around the block and parked his car to watch me cross the street of an intersection. Without making eye contact, I crossed the street. Once I made it to the next block, he called out “hey”. I looked backed and said “no”, in a calm voice. This went on twice. After the third time, he proceeded to curse at me and called me a “stupid bitch” several times and threatened to “beat my ass if I ever came around his neighborhood again”.

I stopped right there and turned around and gave him the “OK” sign and told him to come on and do it. So we had a strange quiet stare-off for about 15 seconds, with him looking extremely shocked and confused that I wasn’t rattled by his threats. He finally sped off in a huff.

– anonymous

Location: Baltimore, Maryland

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2 Responses to Winning a Stand Off vs a Harasser

  1. genderbitch says:

    Unfortunately there’s a lot of harassers out there that will back up their words if you call them out.

  2. Golden Silence says:

    Unfortunately there’s a lot of harassers out there that will back up their words if you call them out.

    That’s why you have to gauge whether or not you can safely approach certain harassers like that.

    Harassers are very unpredictable.

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