It’s an experience all women carry.
But for some women, there actually is someone there when they turn around.
Sharing her experience on Twitter, Gabriella Rich wrote about how she had helped a female stranger escape a stalker while walking home in New Jersey.
“Last night some girl came running up to me whispering ‘please pretend to be my friend this man has been following me for 6 blocks’,” the 22-year-old tweeted.
Gabriella hugged the stranger, leading the man to give up and turn around to walk the other way.
Last night some girl came running up to me whispering “please pretend to be my friend this man has been following me for 6 blocks” as soon as this guy saw me hugging her he said “fuck” and went the other way. Please ladies stay safe and never walk alone!
— Gabriella . (@gabriellarichh) July 12, 2018
According to Buzzfeed News, Gabriella then walked the woman to her destination and the pair exchanged numbers, so they could ensure they both got home safely.
Gabriella’s tweet quickly went viral, gaining over 110,000 retweets and prompting other women to share their horrific stories of being chased, stalked and even physically grabbed by random men on the street.
It’s such a scary feeling. A man stopped his car and parked at someone’s house and proceeded to follow me when I was walking my dog. I tried to ignore but he kept yelling and pursuing me. I’m trying to work out in my head what tactical moves I can make if he tried it. Scary!!!
— NamaSLAY????????♀️????????♀️ (@BlkCarmenSDiego) July 18, 2018