I was first harassed by a boy when I was 6 years old. I was playing with my girlfriends in the playground and some boys came over to suggest we play the game ‘Catch and Kiss’. If you’ve never heard of this game, basically you get chased around the playground until you’re caught and then the person who catches you, kisses you.
Lots of people think it’s innocent fun. Part of me thinks it’s innocent fun. And still my experience was different. It had a side to it that I only remembered recently when I was thinking about the prevalence of sexual harassment in the world.
Here’s what happened; as soon the boys described the game, I knew I didn’t want to play it. I didn’t want to be kissed by a boy and I didn’t want to spend my lunchtime running around the playground.
So I spoke up. I … [Read More...]