” A truck driver sexually harassed me this morning on my way here from Walmart,” my eldest daughter told me when I got home from work.
She continued: “As I was merging, he waved and I waved back thinking it might be someone I knew. Then I realized I didn’t . Addy was in the back seat sound asleep in her car seat. A couple of minutes later when I tried to pass him, he sped up- and I couldn’t get around. I looked at my speedometer – I was going over 80 mph so I said, what the heck and got back in the right lane….then he started to slow down. This cat and mouse game went on for 15 minutes until I got to our exit. It really shook me up. I didn’t get his license plate number but I do remember the name on his mudflaps….”
I (DM) am a dad to 3 beautiful daughters.
They have all grown up and moved out, the oldest is home this week visiting with our granddaughter. Today for the 7th time in my life I got wind that someone had sexually harassed one of them. I got onto the internet, typed in the name of the company, found their website and e-mailed them this note:
|To Whom it may concern, Today is July 19. I just got home for lunch to the news that my 27 yr old daughter was “propositioned” by one of your fuel truck drivers as he was driving North on Hwy *** between A. and B . she said that as she was passing him (it is a divided highway) he honked at her and continued to indicate something was up. She thought maybe there was something wrong w/ her car and he was signing her to pull over….This went on for several minutes. She slowed down but eventually decided just to pass him. As she did, he made a gesture which she took to mean he wanted sex. she had out of state plates so it probably looked like she was traveling across country. I’m not sure how easy it would be to identify who the driver was, but she said it was a semi fuel truck w/**** mudflaps.
As her dad I would like to meet with that trucker in person.. My daughter also was carrying my grandchild in the car with her. Any thing you can do to address this situation would be appreciated. DM
I got a phone call the next morning from a company rep,
First, he said, “We take this sort of thing very seriously and will deal with it accordingly.” He apologized for the incident, even if it turns out not to be someone from their company, but just the fact that it reflects badly on the trucking industry as a whole. He also said that he himself has two daughters (22 and 19) and completely understood where I was coming from.
In the end, we were not able to positively identify the trucker my daughter encountered. It’s a good thing for both of us because I probably would have done something that would have gotten me in trouble with the law.
Have you personally or someone you love been sexually harassed?
If you’re comfortable talking about it, how did that make you feel and what did you do about it?
Any tips for the person who happens to stumble across this blog post later who is dealing with sexual harassment?