Someone texted me to tell me that she was having problems as she was feeding. She said that she had people exposing themselves to her, and that someone rubbed up against her. She was scared to make a fuss and hence was suffering in silence.
Feeding of course is best done in pairs - but this is often hard to do. You need to feed safe and keep yourself safe. Feed in a well-lit area. Carry a whistle, burglar alarm or a water spray - and don't be afraid to yell for help. This woman told me that while this was in a backlane, there were quite a few people around. She just didn't know how to react. These people are counting on that - and they are using it to intimidate her.
Always look confident. Stand tall. Look like you are not afraid to kick up a fuss and do it! Carry a mobile phone at all times if you have one. Carry a camera if you can to take photos. Call the police if anyone bothers you - you should NOT have to put up with any abuse, physical or verbal. Make a police report if anyone bothers you.
Keeping quiet is what people are hoping you'll do. If you make yourself a difficult target because you're prepared to scream or make a fuss, they'll most likely to leave you alone.
Ivan has written an article about this - and it'll appear in the next newsletter, but just some pointers till that comes out.