Sex Workers Are More Accustomed To It, Though Street Harassment Hurts Everyone

Billy Penn Re/Post: Street harassment in Philly. Unsafe, uncomfortable and untracked. There’s no way to quantify what may not even be illegal: “Sometimes it’s just annoying, and sometimes it’s terrifying.”

ANNA ORSO JUL 31 2017  · This is the first installment in a series examining street harassment in Philadelphia. When Caitlin walks through Philadelphia and a stranger makes a comment about her appearance, she flashes back to the time she thought she was going to die. In the wee hours of the morning last summer when Caitlin pulled into a 7-Eleven in South Philadelphia, a man stood next to the building staring at her — exposing himself. She drove away, and five blocks later when she parked, the same man approached her passenger side window. He’d gotten in his own car and followed her. So Caitlin put the car in drive again and started booking it through South Philly, simultaneously dialing 9-1-1, blowing full-speed through stop signs and looking in the rearview mirror to see the man driving behind her still, all the while thinking: “This is it. This is how I’m out.”

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