Students report cases of harassment by different men using similar tactics.
Concordia University is warning students to be on guard and has increased security on campus after reports of men harassing women and stalking them.
In an Instagram video posted Friday, Concordia student Lisa Komlos described how a man in his 20s approached her in the lobby of a building on campus while she was alone two weeks ago, started by complimenting her and then began asking multiple questions about her.
“He tried to get me alone with him, to go somewhere or leave campus with him. He wasn’t listening to me say no. I kept trying to leave him,” she said.
Then, on Wednesday, Komlos said she was approached by a different man, also in his 20s, who used the same tactics as the first man and repeated the same lines.
“The second guy was following me through the lobby,” she said. “When I stopped walking, he stopped walking and when I continued walking, he continued walking.
“The fact that they both have the exact same script, that seemed very rehearsed … both were trying to isolate me from the crowds. It seems they were working together. I think everyone needs to know what’s going on.”
Komlos alerted university security. Her post had been viewed more than 90,000 times by Saturday evening. Komlos said the first man was of Asian descent, the second of Indian descent. Several commenters on her post said they had experienced similar events, including on campus at the Université du Montréal and at downtown shopping malls.
Concordia University issued a statement Saturday afternoon announcing it had increased security on campus, but did not say which buildings are being targeted.
“It has come to the university’s attention that a number of female students have been approached on campus by strangers with unwanted and/or insistent invitations to accompany them elsewhere,” the university said. “The university has taken several measures to respond, including increasing security on campus.”
Anyone feeling unsafe or harassed should call Concordia security, which can assign an agent to accompany students or staff to their location. As well, the university has a Safe Walk program. Students should visit the school’s security site for more information, the university said.
Komlos advised fellow students to spread the word
“Women who go to university please keep your eyes ears open and tell your friends about this.”