A woman’s tweet about a male stalker prompted so many terrifying stories
When you’re a woman, walking home late at night can be a very scary, tense situation. It usually involves clutching your keys in your hands, checking behind you multiple times, and speed walking to your front door. Why do we get so nervous? Well, there’s currently an entire viral Twitter thread that shows just how creepy, predatory, and dangerous men can get.
The online conversation started when Gabriella Rich took to Twitter to share a recent experience she had with a female stranger. “Last night some girl came running up to me whispering ‘please pretend to be my friend this man has been following me for 6 blocks,'” Rich tweeted. “As soon as this guy saw me hugging her he said ‘fuck’ and went the other way.”
So, that’s pretty scary right? Her story, it turns out, was just the tip of the iceberg. Hundreds of comments poured in from women who had been stalked, harassed, and literally chased through the streets.
There were the men who didn’t outright run after women, but made really scary overtures.
There were men who aggressively ran after women.
There were men who physically tried to grab/touch/pull women.
And then there were so many stories of concerned strangers just like Rich, who helped women when they were in a really scary situation.
This brought up a broader conversation about how completely screwed up and frustrating it is that women have to deal with such terrifying stuff. Twitter users also had some choice words for men who just don’t seem to understand the concept of not stalking women.
The thread helped drive home Rich’s point about the importance of women taking precautions.
“I think women need to be safe at all times and any way possible. It’s a real thing that goes on daily,” she told Buzzfeed News. “…I simply just wanted to tell other females to always be safe because I can’t change a man’s mind; I can only protect other women so they can be aware of their surroundings.”
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