I bent down to make eye contact with the boy, who was still sitting and staring straight ahead. I said, “I’m gonna tell them what I saw, but I don’t want to put words in your mouth." He cut me off: “They won’t listen to me anyway.”
Because we believe that we’d aggressively defend ourselves when harassed, we tend to look down on those who do not, arguing that people contribute to their own victimization by not being more assertive.
I used to work in a store on celebrity-filled LA Avenue, and I've been pushed, struck, shoved, screamed at, driven off the road, and stepped on by strangers more times that I can count. And then it got serious.