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Wolf Whistling, Paris and Me.

   2nd August 2018

                              Wolf  Whistling, Paris and Me.

                                 I saw a disgusting video that has gone viral online yesterday, a lady named  Marie Laguerre in Paris   A man decided to Wolf whistle at her as she innocently made her way home, when she told him to "shut up" he started abusing her and threw an ashtray at her, then proceeded to follow her as she walked away, he then punched her in the face. This video has shocked France and the world, I was so shocked it made my stomach turn, and reminded me of an incident , that happened to me when I was 15.
                                              There were new houses being built at the bottom my road,  three of the builders decided to harass  me on the way to school, I was in my school uniform and 8.30 am in the morning, at first I  put my head down and ignored them and went bright red, this went on everyday,  after about two weeks  the dirty comments started one day the younger builder said something vile to me on the way home from school and I got really angry and  told him to "Shut up", he was quite nasty back, and the next few days he kept asking me to go out with him, I told him I was 15 and in school. When I  walked home from school that day  at 3.45 pm all of the builders were chanting " when are you sixteen love ?" they were horrible, I had to put put up with this for three months until they got caught shouting things at me by there supervisor who told them off and they stopped.
                                            Why should anyone, have to put up with this behavior, , If  you like someone just smile and say Hi, that's fine. to be punched in the face like Marie was because she rejected him and dared to tell him off and that  obviously hurt his pride and he couldn't take it.
                                              Today France passed a law, it's now a £656 fine if you wolf whistle or sexually  harass anyone in the street, I hope other countries make it law.  It's not funny to sexually harass anyone, when it happened to me I felt embarrassed, annoyed, ashamed and vulnerable and I never told anyone because I thought I was a girl and had to learn to put up with it, because it was going to be part of my life.


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