This incident has stayed with me so much for the last ten years, and I still get angry about it.
When i was 16 I was driving home from horseriding, so wearing the usual jodhpurs, t-shirt, looking a bit rough, etc. I was stopped at the lights at a big crossing and a guy was selling The Big Issues. I actually would buy these magazines occasionally. The guy was foreign (ie, not Irish), and was speaking broken English at each car trying to get people to buy the magazine. It was summer and my window was down the whole way.
He got to me, I couldn’t understand him but i was totally nice, saying that i didn’t have my wallet on me, i literally have 20 pence, and i remember looking at it in the dashboard. He begged me a long time considering, and I really had to say No to him firmly. I made sure he understood. He was annoying and begging.
He went away and came back again, this time he put his arm into my car and put a magazine on my lap, put his hand under the mag and groped me insanely crudely between my legs. It hurt he was so rough. He kept saying ‘for you it’s free’ or something along those lines. at this stage his shoulders were in the window too. I threw the magazine into his face, and opened my car door and banged him until he fell away.
I WISH i had gone to the police immediately, and reported him to the Big Issues as well. But when you’re sixteen, and just discovering your sexuality, it’s not so easy.
Anna, Dublin, Ireland