It just seemed like normal to me and seemed like regular arguments until I took a step back. I examined what was said and realized it was verbal abuse later. It made me feel so small and helpless- like I could not escape the situation. Everything he said was right and I was always wrong.
How wrong that was.
I have been stalked on my old college’s campus and had to be escorted. It seemed like a normal friendship had formed until this boy asked weird questions, would not stop following me and waiting for me outside my classroom though I told him to stop.
Then there was the early days when I was younger when I was sexually harassed and mad fun of when I hit puberty before all the other girls did. I came home crying everyday and finally told someone. Ms Kristie is now a hero to me for getting those boys suspended from school. I was only 10-12 years old so I don’t recall everything that was said or done, just how I felt.
I don’t know how different it will be in Norway, if at all. Harassment doesn’t just skip countries. Women (and men!) all over the world experience this. I just plan on being smarter and less naive than I have been. I have delt with it too much to deal with it anymore.
My advice is always stand up for yourself. You don’t ever have to put up with anything no matter what sex you are. If it feels threatening or odd- it is.
A quirky type 1 diabetic foodie who loves cats, make up and is married to a Norwegian. She writes about her experiences and passions. Immigrant to Norway from the United States.
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