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Olivia's Story

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This happened last Friday afternoon, but it's been bugging me. I missed the F#*CKRAPECULTURE rally at the courthouse because I had to meet with my housemates, and I was walking home dejectedly after a long day. There was some kind of house party happening on High Street, and the whole front porch of one house was filled with guys (maybe eight or nine?) drinking and talking. I was walking by the house and they were all chanting something - I assumed it was part of a drinking game or something and I was in this tired fog, so I wasn't really paying attention. But then I heard one guy go, "I know you can hear us!" and I turned around, and I realized they were all chanting in unison at me. I couldn't even understand exactly what they were saying, so I honestly just yelled out, "Sorry, I'm too confused about what's going on" which was verbose and awkward, but I felt so embarrassed that they'd be chanting and yelling at me for half a block and I only just realized. They all started laughing and I sped up and walked faster but I felt so guilty because I've gone through bystander training, and usually I'm better about responding to street harassment in a firm, serious, way, but I was so tired and I just felt so intimidated by everyone on the porch yelling at me. I just kept thinking, "It's 5 PM, I'm walking home from class, and I'm missing a rally to fight street harassment, only to have you harass me. I don't need this."

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Friday, November 8, 2013 - 17:30
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