“Let’s Get Out Of Here”

This event happened over two months ago, but I wanted to share because I think it’s important to show how these types of events can turn out a little better than you think sometimes.

I was on the red line travelling towards downtown. There were two boys of about 13-15 years old sitting across the aisle from me, talking about some girls in a very rude way. One was talking about raping this girl they were talking about, and other objectifying and gross comments. At one point, an elderly man sitting near them got up and moved. Others on the metro did nothing. After the elderly man moved, I thought, “this is enough.” I approached the two boys and asked them to behave since they were in a public place. They tried to play dumb, but I pointed out that others were moving to get away from them and that they should act appropriately in public. They got quiet, and hopefully were embarrassed. Then, one or two stops later, I heard one mutter, “let’s get out of here” and they moved to another car.

I felt proud that at least for that one moment, I was able to influence their behavior.

Submitted by VLM on 6/16/2010

Location: Red Line Metro

Time of Harassment: Evening Rush Hour (3:30P-7:30P)

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One response to ““Let’s Get Out Of Here”

  1. Golden Silence

    They got quiet, and hopefully were embarrassed.

    They obviously were embarrassed, because if they weren’t, they wouldn’t have changed train cars! Good for you for speaking up to them.

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