A regional daily editor has hit out after being subjected to “sexual and aggressive” abuse by men in recent days.
In one instance she says she received abuse from a cyclist working for takeaway company Deliveroo, while in the other a man in a white van pulled up beside her and “started shouting stuff I won’t repeat.”
She wrote: “Twice in a week I’ve been running along minding my own business when a man has made sexual/aggressive comments to me. First it was a Deliveroo cyclist, then this morning a man in a white van pulled up beside me and started shouting stuff I won’t repeat on Twitter.
“Now, forgive me if I’m wrong, but I’ve never heard of a happy couple say ‘we met when I/he was shouting at her/me in the street – it was so romantic’.
“I should add that most blokes, when you tell them stuff like this happens, think it’s disgusting and can’t believe this sort of stuff happens in broad daylight to women in 2018.
“But it does. Most of the time we just roll our eyes and run on or tell them where to go. But sometimes, even for a split second, when a moron is crawling along next to you in a big white van making sexually explicit remarks, you do think … how am I gonna get out of this one.”
Last year, Huddersfield Daily Examiner reporter Susie Beever spoke out after being sexually assaulted while conducting a vox pop, while Yorkshire Post associate features editor Catherine Scott wrote of how she had been propositioned early in her career by a man “in a position of power” who was at least twice her age.
And in June a new survey carried out by pressure group Women in Journalism Scotland revealed one in ten women working in the media in Scotland have been sexually assaulted at work.
In response to Samantha’s tweets, a spokesperson for Deliveroo said it was “concerning to hear” of Samantha’s experience.
The spokesperson added: “We’d like to follow up on this further if it hasn’t been done so already. Can you please [direct message] us with further specific details of the incident?”