I attended college in Chicago, IL. Being harassed on the street was a daily occurrence. It got to the point where I avoided going outside, unless it was absolutely necessary.
I remember one day I had just really had it with all the harassment, but I really needed to go to the drug store, so I made a quick trip. I put together a game plan before departure.
I dressed in super baggy clothing, with a hood, and put on sun glasses, so that maybe I would be left alone. I walked with my head down across the street to the drug store. I quickly grabbed what I needed and headed back towards home. I thought I was home free when a man tried to talk to me on the street. I decided just to ignore him and keep walking. He got upset and started yelling at me. He got his friend and told him that I thought I was better than everybody. And they both continued to yell at me as I hurried away– all because I didn’t accept his advances.
– Harper S.
Location: Chicago, Illinois