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    Posted October 29, 2014 by
    katie
    Location
    Atlanta, Georgia
    Assignment
    Assignment
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    An open letter to catcallers

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    To the man who followed me in his car

     

    To the man who followed me in his car,

     

    I walk to and from the train station every day to get to work. During that mile-long stretch, I have been honked at, yelled at, stared at, complimented, asked if I’m single, and so on. I even got my phone stolen once in broad daylight during that trek. But it was you – the man who drove slowly alongside me for several minutes – who made me feel the most vulnerable. Congratulations.

    You asked me if I wanted “a friend,” made disgusting sexual suggestions, and wouldn’t stop following me when I asked you to. I was frightened, yes, but mostly furious that I couldn’t walk in my own neighborhood without being harassed.

    I don’t know why you feel like you have the right to talk to me that way. You don’t. Just because you are a man doesn’t mean you have any power or control over me, or any woman. I am not asking for attention nor do I find it charming. I want to be left alone. I wouldn’t bother you, so don’t bother me.

    I still walk that path since that day, and thankfully have never seen you again. I will not let your actions stop me from commuting to work the way I want to (and, despite the actions of a few, it’s a commute I thoroughly enjoy). I am proud of who I am and where I live, and won’t let a creep ruin that.

    Sincerely,
    Me

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