I am DeafBlind Non-Binary and AFAB and live in a University town in Central-Finland. There are a good number alcoholics that wander the market street and while they normally keep to themselves they can’t help but engage with me because I look “different”. Two major cases come to mind. One where a man stopped me and made me feel his hair because he was proud of it and I couldn’t see it. So he grabbed my hand and put it on his head. Then he took my hand and tried to show me his sex toys he had with him. I escaped just in time with the help of a nearby friend. Later while walking up the stairs out of the shops a group of men cornered me and groped me hoping that I couldn’t report them or describe them. They probably said something, but I was unaware. Before, when I lived in the US I was constantly touched and pushed. The general feeling I get in english speaking countries is that of being in people’s way and being pushed around like an object in the street. Horrible.
Criminologist and Co-Director of Centre for Gender Studies at University of Sussex