It’s not just in Hollywood that people are finally starting to stand up to those who harass, abuse and assault for their own sexual gratification. People in all walks of life are now putting their foot down and shutting down this kind of behavior where they see it.
This recently happened in Australia when a woman walking in her neighborhood received some unwanted attention from a stranger.
An older man appeared on a bicycle and stopped where the woman was standing just so that he could catcall her.
It all went down in an otherwise uneventful suburb in Kallangur, and the most incredible thing about the whole episode was that the lady knew it was coming. That’s why she very stealthily had her smartphone camera at the ready, unbeknownst to the man.
This certainly wasn’t the first time she had been harassed by this man, and she’d finally had enough.
The first half of the short clip shows the woman walking along the sidewalk minding her own business.
The exchange begins when the man shamelessly makes inappropriate remarks about the woman’s breasts. “Nice set of boobs you’ve got,” he says as though it is a perfectly ordinary comment to make to a stranger.
Immediately, the woman sets him straight in a bid to stop any further harassment by saying, “I just videoed you saying that.”
However, perpetrators of sexual harassment are not exactly known for being reasonable, and so he persists with his inappropriate pestering. It becomes evident that he has seen and harassed this woman many times before as he recognizes her husband.
“Your husband’s on the corner, isn’t he?” he remarks in a casual manner.
At this point, the woman who has thus far remained calm becomes increasingly exasperated when the man shows no sign of relenting. “I just videoed you saying that d*ckhead,” she asserts.
When the man realizes he has been rumbled, he apologizes in the most underwhelming way imaginable, muttering “oh, sorry” under his breath. The woman then tells the man, “I’m going to take [the footage] to the police.”
As soon as the man hears this, he decides he had better be on his way and leaves without saying another word.
“I was shaking. I’m not a soft person. I couldn’t even speak properly,” she explained to the Daily Mail Australia. “You could tell in my voice I was really nervous. I was frightened.”
“He was so stupid he didn’t realize I was videoing him,” she continued. “It’s worse that he’s an older man, and you think he’d know better.”
Soon after the incident, she and her husband realized that filming it and using it to spread further awareness about harassment was the best thing that they could do.
So, that same day, the woman’s husband uploaded the footage to the neighborhood watch Facebook page and urged other people who had endured similar situations to get the police involved.
Needless to say, sexual harassment doesn’t just happen on the street. In fact, all too often it occurs in the workplace. The sad thing is that victims of workplace harassment tend to ignore it rather than ‘make a fuss’ and risk alienating other coworkers.
Fortunately, efforts are being made to combat harassment in the workplace. Check this video out to learn more:
Let this be a lesson to anyone out there who thinks that making sexual advances to strangers is appropriate behavior. It isn’t.
If you feel like voicing such comments, try and fight the urge by putting yourself in the victim’s shoes. Would you want to be demeaned by a complete stranger simply for walking down the road? No. So don’t do it to others.