PUBLIC HARASSMENT: I WAS AT A PANERA…

I was at a Panera Bread with my friend talking and eating, wearing a mid-thigh skirt and a sweater. All of a sudden I felt like someone was staring at me. I look up and I see a man who has been sitting alone with a water cup. He was breathing really oddly, and I looked under the table and he was kneading himself through his pants. I was shocked, I didn’t know what to do. He saw that I noticed him and looked out the window, and moved his hand over to his thigh. Then I tried to cover up my legs. I told my friend and he said that before we left, he had to go to the bathroom, and that I should take it as a compliment. I didn’t have to use the bathroom, but I went in there so I wasn’t left alone with the man. I was terrified that he could just come in at any moment. Then as we were leaving, the man followed me, and called me a “fucking white bitch.” I had to drive my friend home because I didn’t feel safe being outside anymore. Even while I was driving, I was so worried he was going to follow me. Now I just feel gross and dirty, and I can’t stop thinking about the look in his eyes as he was doing it. I’ve gone to my friends and they don’t really know what to say/do.

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