From walking alone at night to going about their daily routines, women still face numerous obstacles in their daily lives and must constantly be on guard to protect themselves from potential harm.
When one woman in New York City was heading home after a busy day at work, she noticed three men were trailing her. The strange men continued to follow her as she ran home, and terror gripped her as she realized how silent her surroundings were.
Luckily, the woman saw a man across the street and realized it would be her final chance for safety if she didn’t try to approach him and ask for help.
So, she went up to the stranger, gave him a tight hug, and then whispered, “Please act like you know me, three guys have been following me for a while.”
Dane Weeks had been preoccupied with his phone and was caught off guard by the woman’s sudden behavior. She took his hand and the two of them walked the three blocks to the woman’s home. The lady explained that she needed to return to her son.
It became clear that the woman had earlier entered a shop in an effort to shake off the men who were following her, but upon leaving the shop, she discovered that they were still waiting outside a nearby restaurant.
Dane would later share the story on Twitter thanking the woman for opening his eyes to what women and girls go through every day. “I also thank her for bringing me into the world of women.”
He told her he was sorry that she had to feel that way, and he wrote on Twitter, “She said, you’re feeling like this, now imagine what every girl and woman feels like.”
As per the woman, the three men had followed her off the train as she headed home after a late shift. “Please accept being my hero that night, I really thought my son would’ve been motherless & my mother daughterless,” she told Dane.
The tweet immediately went viral and over 390,000 people reacted to it. “I didn’t expect this post to touch so many people, I needed to get this emotion out and share it on my account,” Dane posted. “This is sad, women and girls have to live in this type of fear because us men have created an environment of toxicity. I will do better.”
I’m walking to the train a few minutes ago and a woman walked right up to me and gave me a tight hug and whispered quickly, “please act like you know me 3 guys are following me for a while” I played along then walked her 3 blocks home. What an experience for the both of us.
— 👑 Mr. Weeks 👑 (@WonderKing82) February 8, 2020
We’re just happy that the woman got to see her family again.
Dane was in the right place at the right time to help the woman. If he hadn’t been there, things could have gotten worse.
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