A few weeks back, I was walking along the side of the road with my youngest son in front of me riding his balance bike on the way to nursery. We have to walk on the road as that part of the way has no pavement. I suddenly had a woman (i would say in her late fourties), shouting at me that there was a car coming. I replied in a friendly way telling her that I knew . A couple of minutes later, the next car drove past us and she did the same, now walking next to my guide dog. I responded in a harsher voice telling her that I knew and that she should have realised that as I had just told my son to watch out for the car. I asked my son to ride his bike faster and got my guide dog to walk faster in an attempt to get away from the woman as she almost walked into my guide dog. Then the third car came and she grabbed my left arm , reaching over my guide dog, and tried to pull me around. She was actually trying to pull me into the road as my dog always walks on the side facing the road. I tried to pull my arm away but she held on and shouted to me about the car and that I needed to know that. Once I managed to pull my arm away, I walked really fast and we finally got rid of her as she couldn’t keep up.
The following is an example of something that has happened in variation many times.:
I was in a shop with my guide dog and asked someone for help as I could not find what I wanted. A man probably in his late fifties or early sixties responded and told me that he could help me of course, calling me sweetheart. Then he grabbed my right arm and tried to pull me along. I said that I would be happy to just follow. he responded by saying that it was fine and that he didn’t mind guiding me. I said again that I prefer walking on my own and managed to pull my arm away. Then once I had finally found what I was looking for, he then got really close to me sort of pushing is upper body into my right arm while putting his arm over my shoulders and then told me that he wishes me a good day and called me sweetheart and darling again. He had a very sleezy voice while doing that and stayed in that position for more than ten seconds despite my attempts to pull away.
Criminologist and Co-Director of Centre for Gender Studies at University of Sussex