I want to walk downtown without being solicited

BRATTLEBORO-I want to walk down the street again and not be perceived and solicited. This is Brattleboro, for God's sake, not the inner hood.

This was not the first evening I've walked alone, without my husband, in downtown Brattleboro that I've not only been solicited as a prostitute but also harassed when I respond, "No, I do not want a ride."

People may say that how I dress means I want the attention. But shouldn't a woman have the right to wear a crop top in the summer when it's hot - or even if she herself just feels sexier in it - without men continually harassing her?

Just saying.

Stephanie Cavanaugh Harrison


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