I am 45 years old and have faced sexual harassment at
various stages of my life, mostly while using public
transport. My response to this is to confront the
person, look him in the eye and ask him, in a loud
tone, what his problem is. The fact that everyone
around can hear what I'm saying, usually shames the
man into silence and a desire to put as much distance
as possible between him and me.

But I do not think of this as heroic action because I
firmly believe that we need to speak up whenever we
face any sort of harassment, sexual or otherwise.

My advice to women: Speak up, it empowers you.

Posted 5th March 2007