New submission from Lola I am 13. I was walking down the street near a tube station when I heard someone shout something behind me. I couldn’t make out what/who it was so I turned around. There was a young man, maybe in his 20s and his friend sitting on the corner, and the guy … Continued
A sweaty guy in a white anorack walked past us and barked something at me which sounded something like “I’d fix you” or “Can I lick you”
Asking me whether I knew where this address was, he held out his phone to show me what I presumed was the address or a Google map, but was in fact a graphic video of anal sex.
I registered this as a microaggression, a gendered abuse of power. I expressed my anger to him verbally, to which he kept repeating “Calm down, woman!”
What worries me is that I used to get a LOT more of this kind of abuse when I was a young teenager. A man groped me and followed me for 6 weeks on my morning walk to school when I was 13. He would try to grab me, tell me I was beautiful, that he loved me. After an investigation and some excellent work by the Sapphire unit of the Met, he was arrested and sentenced to 18 months (and banned from living in East London).
A group of guys drove past and slowed as they passed me. Through the front and back windows they started to shout at me.
When I turned down a side road to get away from them, they followed me. I was angry, not frightened.