It is so appalling how some men prey on children. I am sorry you experienced this (let alone multiple times!). I, too, grew up with the expectation that I should be polite to others but after multiple incidents, I grew very comfortable telling these men to F--- off. Still, there's always the fear that my resistance will trigger someone to respond violently. You nailed the issues here accurately. Thank you.

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