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Last night I was at a distant family member’s engagement party at a social club. I went outside for a cigarette and was stood on my own, minding my own business. A man came out and stood opposite me, also smoking. He shouted across to me to “cheer up”. I assumed that he was also at the party and as such, felt I should be polite, so humoured him by stating that I was perfectly happy and would look a bit strange with a permanent smile on my face. I went back inside and saw him come back in and go through to the club part of the venue, so realised he was not a guest at the party after all. He then came through the party later to go for a smoke and I was sat with my back to the door or the club room. He proceeded to grab the back of my neck and say “I hope you’re smiling now”. I was sat with elderly relatives at this point and again, didn’t feel I could respond in the way I would like to. I was really uncomfortable for the rest of the evening, thinking about how to deal with the situation if he continued to speak to me. I ended up leavin not long after, in part because I didn’t want to cause a scene at someone’s party, but also didn’t want to be subjected to unwanted attention/touching. Honestly, what makes him think it’s ok to touch a women he has never met before?!
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