If you respond to a collection of stories about how women are frequently and aggressively sexually harassed with a comment that is basically whining about how unfair it is that women constantly have their guard up with strange men, then you’re probably part of the problem. Things like the stories recounted here are not the exception to the rule. They aren’t one offs. They aren’t things that maybe a woman experiences once in her life but probably doesn’t. These are scenarios that come up over and over and over again for women. Every woman deals with this behavior in their lives of varying degrees of severity. In response, women wisely have taken the route of assuming the worst until proven wrong. If I wrongly assume that a strange man is a threat, the worst thing that happens I feel badly that I’ve wrongly assumed a stranger is a threat. If I wrongly assume that a man is not a threat, then the best that happens is being verbally sexually harassed and the worst that happens is actual physical harm is done to me.