Reader: Our stories of harassment get buried in ourselves 


Today, I typed into the Google search bar "is sexual harassment especially bad in colorado springs?" and Matthew Schniper's article ["One chronicle of street (and other sexual) harassment in Colorado Springs," Nov. 8, 2017] was the first to show up.

I recently moved back home from college, and feel a new paranoia just about everywhere I go, as I'm constantly looking over my shoulder for a creepy old white guy staring at me. I was walking into my doctor's office this morning, when a man from a street hundreds of feet away decided to threaten me and call me a bitch. I recounted this experience to my doctor, and she was shocked to hear that this happens almost every day.

That's when I made the Google search, because it can't be just me who feels this way. Reading your article about another girl's experience with street harassment made me feel less crazy, and I want to thank you for writing it. I think our stories get buried in ourselves and we feel alone and helpless facing the outside world every day.

— Name withheld for privacy

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