I grew up near Los Angeles and now I live in Washington, D.C. So I have had my fair share of city experiences. 

Last year, I was on the Washington metro with a friend when a fight broke out, and we were caught in the middle. I’ve been on a train where two men have threatened to rape a friend sitting next to me. Most recently, I have been screamed at by a stranger as she threatened to shoot me. 

I do not write this to victimize myself or to scare anyone, but rather to put into words the reality of the constant fear of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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