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I was driving home on a Sunday night, waiting in the right lane at a red light. The car next to mine cranked up its music really loudly. I glanced over, and saw the male driver and passenger aggressively gesturing and leering at me in a sexual manner. I made a disgusted face at them and gave them the finger, and looked away. They rolled down their window and yelled “whore,” then inched their car closer and closer to mine. I was worried they were trying to clip me or push me onto the curb, so when the light turned green I drove off like a bat out of hell, and shook uncontrollably until I got home.
This is just the latest entry in the litany of sexual harassment that began when I was 11 and has lasted for 13 years and counting. It’s incredibly demoralizing to realize that I’ve been threatened and sexualized by strangers for more than half my life.
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