Stalked in a Library

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I was walking around the library, and I noticed this guy about twice my age (35-ish, maybe?) seemed to be following me. I initially dismissed it as my being paranoid, but I told myself if he was there when I went to the next row of shelves, he was following me. And he was there. By this point I was shaking. (This was in the non-fiction section, which is kinda near the back of the library, but still enough in public I’d expected to be safe from this kind of thing). I wasn’t sure what to do, and then the guy comes up to me and says something. I was too scared to make out what he had mumbled so I told him if he needed to find books he should go ask at the information desk. He quit following me more or less, but didn’t leave. I then went and reported it to a librarian and left, feeling extremely shaken. It’s scary to think what might have happened had I not been in this public library.

Submitted by CD on 10/4/2010

Location: 7400 Arlington Rd (Bethesda Public Library)

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

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One response to “Stalked in a Library

  1. Libraries are supposed to be places to get away from it all, to get into a good book or enjoy getting online on one of their free computers. Unfortunately, libraries seem to be pervert magnets! Yuck!

    Library security needs to do more than prevent books from being stolen. They need to work towards protecting their patrons.

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