‘I feel like crying’

After being stalked, teenager laments the normality of feeling ‘lucky’ to have not been raped

Anita Fallani (Facebook)

An Italian teenager’s social media post about being stalked while walking home has gone viral on Facebook, as other women began commenting and sharing similar experiences where they too have “felt ‘lucky’ for not being raped.”

Anita Fallani, 18, said she was on her way home from a night out with friends when a man on the train started trying to talk to her. She ignored him, she wrote, but he persisted. Then, he followed her off the train and demanded to know where she was going as she tried to walk home. In an attempt to escape the harassment, Fallani said she began pretending to talk with someone on her phone.

“I started to be seriously scared,” Fallani admitted. “I feel like crying. I feel lonely and I don’t know what to do.”

Fallani eventually managed to escape her stalker, but the event left her shaken. Making matters worse, she noted, was that what happened to her was not an abnormality, but merely another reality of life for women across the world.

“Mine is a story like so many,” she wrote. “There is nothing extraordinary, it is not an exception, but one of the many things that make up our lives, completely normal. I wonder how many times we should still feel ‘lucky’ for not being raped.”

According to a study from Cornell University and anti-street harassment organization Hollaback!, 69 percent of Italian women under the age of 40 said they had been followed by a man or men that made them feel unsafe during the previous year alone.

Read the full story at Teen Vogue.

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