I can certainly remember many times I was sexually harassed, once physically when I was 14.
He was a cab driver, and he was driving me to school one morning because I was late. Beforehand, during prior taxi rides with my mother, he would always call me ‘mamichula’. One night, the night before the incident, I asked him what ‘mamichula’ meant.
His words: Ask your mother.
Mind you, my mother doesn’t know Spanish, so we all just laughed it off in ignorance.
Back to the day of the incident… I get in the cab, in the back seat on the passenger’s side, ready to get to school. He hasn’t driven further than a block from my house, and he reached back, putting his hand on my knee. It made me uncomfortable, so I slid behind him. He kept asking me to move back to where I was, but I said, “I’m fine back here.” He said nothing else to me the entire trip, and once he got me to school, I just paid him and got out, because I was scared and didn’t want to find out how he’d react had I not paid him.
I get to class, and I told a friend/classmate what happened. She translated for her mother, who spoke primarily Spanish, so I asked her what “mamichula” meant.
“What do you mean, ‘Eww’?”
“He called you ‘sweet thing’.”
After the school day was over, I went home and told my grandmother and mother what happened. My mother called the cab company the guy worked for and told them what happened, and I assumed they fired him, because my mother called another cab company one day on her way to work and ended up getting him as a driver. He didn’t say a thing to her, I guess since she knew what happened.
I don’t know about anyone else, but this video is definitely something men and women of every age should watch. If there’s any men in your life who sexually harass woken like this, the question you should ask them is: Had that been your mother, sister, wife, daughter, would you let some other dude do that to them? Would you step in? More importantly, would you yourself do that to them?