So, I'm 16, (barely. My birthday was in March) and 2 days ago, my dad started making me take the city bus home from school. I already have really bad anxiety, and then with him making me go on a city bus by myself and have to figure out routes, it's even worse. Then, yesterday, my 2nd day on the bus, a creepy guy was staring at me and kept trying to talk to me. I told my dad, and he said it was something I'd have to get used to. Like? No? Girls shouldn't have to "get used to" creepy guys.
Your dad probably meant it like “get used to feeling uncomfortable, find a way out, welcome to the real world sweetie”. It’s bad either way, a wrong way to make a kid get used to how people act. Public transport is a circus. Each time I take the bus something happens. Either someone starts fighting, or they talk trash loudly on the phone. One summer I noticed a dude was staring holes in me, I was like “waddup?” he told me I’m beautiful and I replied “thanks” in a ‘conversation over’ tone. You will get used to it. It’s a stressful process. Not just creepy guys, creepy everyone. Maybe it helps if you take your headphones for now.