Asking for help
Last week a story was published in both The Compass and The Telegram about a young girl getting sexually assaulted. She has used her experience to educate others to come forward.
I think she is a strong person for being able to speak out on something that many consider taboo or inappropriate, but she stands strong in her message to get help.
Speaking with that young woman, I remembered some of my own life experiences that can be used to educate.
When I lived in residence my first year of Memorial Univer- sity, I was followed by a male I did not know through the tunnels on a very rainy day. He followed me from my house — Curtis House — on one side of campus to the Education Building on the opposite side of campus. But he wasn’t initially behind me. He was in front of me, leaving me feeling boxed in.
I was scared, but my instinct told me to humanize myself. So as I quickly walked past him, I looked at him square in the face and said, “Terrible weather out there today.”
He looked back at me, but did not respond. It might be because another student that lived in a neighbouring house was walking towards us at the same time.
Friends who I met for class that morning were sceptical and told me to let it go. I couldn’t. I walked back to my dorm outside in the pouring rain. I was scared.
it to my female residence assistant after returning from class and she took me to Campus Enforcement. They pulled the surveillance videos, catching the guy in the act on camera.
Unfortunately, he followed two more females — even chasing one — before he was caught.
Rumours began to spread through campus, especially residence. People were keeping an eye out for this guy. He was finally arrested and banned from campus. Myself and another girl gave police statements.
I bring this up because it was almost exactly 11 years ago to the day this happened. And al- though he never laid a hand on anyone, who knows what could have happened if the three of us never stepped forward to report the behaviour.
Obviously, this story isn’t as severe as the one shared by Courtney Dunne, the subject of last week’s story. She went through a lot and continues to. But I am trying to pass on the message that even the smallest thing, if it makes you uncomfortable, should be reported.