I am an exchange student here and quite a short time ago, while I was about to enter my dorm building, a fairly young lad approached me, asking for directions. It was late, there weren’t anyone around and something was off about him. I had arrived just a few days ago, so I didn’t know much about the area so I told him that. But he kept asking questions: “What is your name? … Where are you from? … Oh, so we are from neighbour countries… Can I have your phone number, I don’t know many people around here.” That was not ok with me whatsoever. But I don’t know why, I just was not able to say no. So he ended up getting my number. There were nobody around, I just wanted to go away and get away from him. “Oh, if you are not in a hurry, we can drink something.” None of the shops were open. I wanted to get away. “Oh, so you are Skyping your parents now? So you have a Skype” Shit, I just could not leave. He got my Skype name, too. I left. I was afraid to turn on the lights of my room – maybe he was waiting outside. I’m afraid that if I don’t respond to his texts, he’ll find me somehow and hurt me if I were to say that I don’t want to be his friend. I am very afraid of running into him. I cried a lot that night.

Zeynep K.