I was walking alone in Tempe, Arizona, on Mill Avenue, just north of University, heading to dinner with my friends, when I saw two guys approaching me, staring at me. One of them was gesturing at me. I immediately felt uncomfortable and made sure my purse was closed and secure on my arm. I looked straight ahead so they wouldn’t see my fear, but I think checking my purse undercut that idea.
The one who was gesturing started saying loudly to the other, “Go get her, go get her, she’s tasty, she’s sick, go get her” over and over again. I felt a rush of fear and shame, clutched my purse in front of me and looked around to see if other people were nearby. There were a few people on the other side of the street, which made me feel a little better, so I decided to keep walking instead of ducking into the nearest shop. I quickened my pace and walked into the restaurant without looking back until I was safely inside. I felt sort of sick.
Location: Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ