And It Was Wrong

Cab ride

A couple months ago I got a cab late at night in the rain. The cab driver had back seats pushed flat so I didn’t know where to sit. He waved me into the front seat and explained that he had just taken a couple to the airport and the seats were pushed back for their luggage. We made small talk but partway through the drive things got weird. It was like he was looking for any excuse to lean over and touch me. He complimented me on my shirt and asked what material it was made of. I said I didn’t know and he just reached over and ran his hand up and down my shirt. It made me ...

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First date

I had recently gotten out of a long-term relationship that ended badly and my friends convinced me to try online dating. I exchanged a few messages with people but hadn't found anyone I really wanted to get together with until I got a message from a guy named Steve. We messaged back and forth for a little over a week. We talked about our jobs and the things we liked to do. He talked a lot about his dog and had a lot of pictures of his dog in his profile pictures, which I thought was cute. We set up a first date at a local bar. He suggested I pick a bar close to my house so that it ...

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I became friends with John when we were in the same course straight after secondary college. We started to hang out together a lot. He was fun, hilarious, seemingly confident, and we had similar interests. The first time he slept at my house I set up an extra mattress for him on the floor in my room. He made a half-hearted joke about me putting him on the floor “where he belongs”, which confused me. I told him I thought he would be more comfortable on his own mattress and we left it at that. I wasn’t sexually attracted to him at all and the possibility of us having sex had never even crossed my mind. As time went on ...

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Afraid and Outnumbered

I was about to turn sixteen, and had only ever tried kissing and some heavy petting. I was at a summer program, and had become friends with a group of boys and girls around my age, all of whom I thought were really grown up and cool. A bunch of us made plans to sneak out after curfew and meet up down at the soccer field to smoke cigarettes. A bunch of girls were supposed to go with me but when I got to the field there were only boys, which made me a little nervous. I had a crush on one of the boys, so when he wanted to take a walk across the grass with me I was ...

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