When going to the drug store means preparing for battle

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

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One Response to When going to the drug store means preparing for battle

  1. beckieweinheimer says:

    i cannot even imagine having to go to those efforts. I feel so badly for you. It just is not right. You should be allowed to dress how you want and walk how you want. I hope all our sharing will start a revolution on the streets and soon it will be so “un-cool” to harass a woman that we can walk in safety.

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