The Creepy Man and How Stupid Do They Think We Are

Trip Start Oct 10, 2007
Trip End May 15, 2008

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Alright, well this is something that could happen anywhere but I think it is worth giving fair warning to all possible travel experiences

The Creepy Man:

He started talking to
me on the street.  I could not get rid of him!!!  Two hours he followed
me around and attempted groping on me as he also said he didnīt want
anything from me.  He did succeed at leaving a rather nasty hickey on
my stomach in the two seconds it took me to push him off.  Which pissed
me off because of the non-consensual fact and because I was planning on
wearing my bathing suite the next day and now I had a big ugly hickey
and, just to alleviate any doubt, I donīt like blood sucking marks on
me just about anywhere.  I wore the bathing suite anyway.

quickly I told him if he wanted a one nighter he should go find someone
else.  He kept following me.   I continued to tell him I wasnīt interested
and "NO" in various ways in two different languages including "do you
understand the meaning of NO?"  He began to get surly when I began to
get really pissed.  "whatīs wrong baby, I love YOU, no really listen to
me I can wait for you, tranquila (in this context "chill out")  I
donīt need anything from you tonight, Iīm a good guy, Iīm not like
other guys, Iīm me, Eddie, why donīt I come over and make you dinner
tomorrow night, Iīm not like other guys blablablablabla"  This was over
the two hour period of time.. 

Finally, at the entrance to my
hotel, I say ok you gotta go now.  No, let me walk you to your room. 
No, I really think you should go.  I canīt get rid of him.  Strangely, Iīm not feeling scared just realllly annoyed and increasingly pissed.  At my door
he asks are you getting angry, ya you say one thing but keep trying to
do another.  He acts all hurt when I push him away and says why you do
that like Iīm a dog.  I tell him he should not come tomorrow to make me
dinner and I stand outside my door waiting for him to go.  He refuses. 
He says you think Iīm going to try to get into your room donīt you. 
Yes.  Well I wonīt.  Knowing he is lying I say fine!  I open my door
and immediately brace myself and, of course, he tries to push in.  Come
on baby come on whatīs the problem why you gotta be like that
blablabla  You know Iīm a nice guy.  Sure, I say, but nice guys donīt try to force themselves
into womenīs and I donīt feel safe around you anymore so you need to
leave.  And He Does. And that is when I began shaking.

In retrospect the things I did differently that night than others were I went out after dark in a place I had only known for a day and didnīt really notice when I was the only gringa and woman around.   A peace corp traveler told me that the advice is that after 3 months many people put there guard down.  It sucks, but especially as women it is necessary to keep that guard up. 

But really "Iīm not like other guys, Iīll wait for you, Youīre the one that I love...." How stupid do they think we are!!!
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