“Why do women have to go through this kind of harassment?”

I was traveling around France and stopped in a place outside Lyon to visit a friend. As I was waiting for a bus on the side of a road a car stopped and got near me as if to ask directions. I was new to the area, but I thought I could somehow help the driver. When I leaned near the window he was masturbating himself openly and he obviously wanted me to see it. I moved back disgusted and angry at my own kindness. I was disgusted and shocked and I told my local friend about it.

This was about 15 years ago and obviously I haven’t forgotten. At the time I didn’t think too much about it afterward, but I now think, why do women have to go through this kind of harassment? I don’t think men ever think about these things, this would never happen to them, how could they understand? It’s time to change this.

– Angeles

Location: Lyon, France

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2 Responses to “Why do women have to go through this kind of harassment?”

  1. Diana says:

    I wish you had some hot coffee with you to pour on his lap. That would’ve taught him a lesson

  2. Kat says:

    I was driving in my car on the freeway one day and a very handsome man in a large truck was smiling at me very warmly. I thought that it was nice that someone I was attracted to finally noticed me. It was always the ugly and the older men who noticed me everywhere I went. But then I saw in the reflection of his window, that he was masturbating. I was horrified and saddened. It seemed that I could not get away from the harassment everywhere I went, even on the freeway. It upset me so badly, as this was the last straw for being harassed every single day. The shock and disgust, dismay was beyond intense.

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