Jessica’s story: “These men were significantly older then I”

I’ve got a couple. They bother me mostly because I was a young teenager at the time, and these men were significantly older then I.

One day when I was walking up to the corner store. I was about 13 or 14 at the time and he was about 20. He was in his car. He yelled out “you look damn good, but you’d look a lot better if you were in my car”. 5 minutes later a even older man got out of his car and just said “hello”. Then the 2 men met in the parking lot and started discussing how hot I was. Things like this continued to happen frequently. I started to wear a sweater while doing my paper route. After a while I started giving them the finger…which made some very angry. They would skid and turn around in there car yelling. Eventually I just started ignoring them completely.

There was also the time when I was about 15 or so. I just left a high school dance, it was about 10 pm and a bunch of guys started cat calling at me across the street. At that time my friends and I got into a taxi and I went home. I was crying the entire way home in the cab because a week never went by without being treated like an object.

I was also molested as a young girl and couldn’t take the frustration anymore. I thought I deserved to be treated like an intelligent human being. I am not bothered by cat calls as much anymore because I choose to ignore them, but there are far too many boys and men that think this kind of behaviour is okay and it’s not. It’s annoying, frustrating, and upsetting. It make me angry and makes me feel like crap.


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