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I was on my way to the ATM today and a group of young men noticed me. They immediately pointed and started shouting, making animalistic roaring noises, and yelled out unintelligible sexual slurs.

I was determined not to be a victim or to give them the satisfaction of having power over me. So I quickly whirled my eyes around to check that there were plenty of people in the area in case these louts decided to do worse than just shout abuse, which there were. I replied calmly, but loud enough for the entire street to hear, ‘So who stole your one communal brain cell then?’

I was pleased with myself for talking back as it showed they didn’t have power over me, and that the world was not their exclusive stomping ground.


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