Samantha | Inappropriate looks

Last year I went out for my friends birthday and we went clubbing. Afterwards I was walking up and down the road looking for a right spot to book my Uber, when I was walking past two male officers.

One of the officers gave me a very sexualised look up and down whilst I was walking. It was very sexual (all women know what it’s like to have men stare at them in a sexualised way or giving them ‘the look’). I recently turned 21, so this happened to me when I was 20.

When it happened, I didn’t think it was wrong, but now that I think back I know it was really inappropriate to see male officers stare longingly, sexually and quite aggressively at women on a night out whilst wearing a short dress and inebriated. That happened to me, god knows what has happened to other women.

I’ve never told anyone, but now this is my time.

Constabulary: Greater Manchester Police

Timespan: Last year

Did you report it to the police?: No

Your ethnicity: Black

Have you experienced suicidality due to this?: No

Are you disabled as defined under the Equality Act 2010?: No

illustration by Danny Noble

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