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I was walking home around 10:30pm on Thursday 28 June 2012 when, about five minutes from my house I heard a male voice call out “hello darling” from across the street. Sadly, this is pretty normal where I live, so I just carried on walking.
Out of the corner of my eye I saw the man cross the road to my side of the pavement and could hear his footsteps behind me. He called out again- “Excuse me, darling, where are you going?”, I decided to go with firm but polite response- “I’m on my way to meet a friend”, without turning round and quickened my pace.
He then said “Don’t be shy, I think you’re pretty”. I carried on walking trying not to look nervous, willing myself to get to my door without any more hassle.
Unfortunately I lost my cool when he said “I’m behind you” and ended up breaking out into a jog/run. I’m aware this probably wasn’t the most sensible move, but I just panicked.
Afterwards I felt shaken up and regretted not challenging him directly. When I shared this incident with a female friend the next day, she reflected that I was just being “fragile” and shouldn’t worry about it. I’m not sure who I find more disturbing.
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