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New submission from Abigail
I was sitting at a bus stop in Gants Hill, waiting for the 123 bus, and a guy was leaning against the bus stop. He started shouting over to me ‘Are you alright?’ to which I responded with a quick ‘yes’. He then proceeded to sit next to me and keep asking if I was alright and asking me what my route home was. He then started asking exactly where I live. I decided I wouldn’t answer him and made it clear I was uncomfortable that he was sitting so near to me.
I got on the bus and sat downstairs, and immediately got a book out so I wouldn’t have to respond at all. His friend was already on the bus. They muttered to one another about me and the friend started speaking quietly to me saying he liked my dress and I was really pretty, looking me up and down. His friend got off and he started asking me where I am getting off – I decided I would just answer with ‘I don’t know’.
He apparently gave up, but then when he was getting off, he held out his hand and leant right over to try to kiss me. I drew back and firmly said no repeatedly but he leaned more. I said no more loudly – there were other people on the lower deck bit none turned around – he didn’t succeed and started off the bus, smiling, but took the time to stroke my leg before getting off.
Just before getting off, the man sitting in front proceeded to stare at my legs, which were bare but the skirt was not short, and I could see him staring as me from behind in the reflection of the glass.
I felt disgusted and sick and like I should have been ruder or more assertive. I have been harassed before but every time it make me angrier.
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