It’s not uncommon for women to be the targets of unwanted male attention. Even in a crowded area it can feel like you’re alone in trying to deal with the man that won’t leave you alone.
More awareness of sexual harassment and predatory behavior means more people are talking about their experiences and more people can spot it when it’s happening to others.
In the case of one woman on a New York subway train it was a man who recognized how uncomfortable another man was making her feel and stepped in to help. Now, she wants to publicly thank him for his actions which kept her safe that night.
The grateful lady wrote: Thank you to the guy on subway who could read my body language. according to TwoXChromosomesShe describes the scary situation and the “guardian angel” who came to her rescue.
“I got on the 1 train here, and a man got on after me. (this happens everywhere) I had my keys between my hands but barely noticeable because this guy has been standing behind me the whole 6 minutes i waited for the train. (calling me baby etc,)
“I sat down and he sat over me holding the bar. and I felt so anxious like throwing up so I stood up near a bunch of other people holding the rail. Then this (other) guy says to me ‘hey Lauren. you going to jeff’s dinner party too?’ I was confused for a sec because he was staring at me and my name isn’t Lauren. It took me like 10 seconds to even realize what he was doing.
“I said yeah. and he said ‘perfect timing we can walk together. what stop were you going to get off at?’ and I told him. Then he says look what Jeff texted me and handed me the notes app which had ‘are you ok?’ and he kind of moved to the side so i could write on it. I told him this guy was following me. He ended up getting off my stop with me and walked me all the way to my friend’s apartment.
‘Thank you very much Michael!’
“When he was supposed to get off at 103. The guy soon left mostly because this guy was way bigger than him thankfully. I have never been in a spot like that and I always told myself what I’d do in a situation like that but I just froze and shut down.
“I am so thankful men like him are out there and aware of situations like that. In New York most people really keep to themselves so thank you very much Michael, wherever you are. I am sorry i made you late. but you were like my guardian angel.
In a crowded city this one man noticed a person in need of a helping hand and stepped in. He went above and beyond to make sure this woman was safe, he is an inspiration to us all.
Please share to remind as many people as possible to take note of what is going on around them. You never know the huge difference one seemingly small gesture can make.