Harassers are dangerous cowards

28 Sep

You’re having a great day. You’re going to class, or to work, or to hang out with friends. Someone yells an obscenity at you from a car, or sits down next to you and starts asking you personal questions, or grabs your clothes as you walk by. Why? Because they assume you can’t do anything about it. If they thought you could overpower them, they would leave you alone.

If you don’t think that public harassment would bother you, that is great. It really is. It probably means you’ve never experienced it, or at least never been frightened by it. That’s what we wish for everyone.

But if you do find it frightening, you’re not alone, and your fears are valid. The reality is that any response you make can escalate the situation. Harassers hate–not you, but who you represent to them–and that makes them dangerous. It’s not personal, but that doesn’t help when you’re the one they’re targeting.

We’d like public harassment to stop. Everyone would be safer. But until then, we’re here. We understand how harassment makes every public space feel dangerous. We’re here to offer support and compassion. We’re part of an international movement. And we’ve got your back.

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