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Catcalling is a term that refers to a type of verbal sexual harassment that involves whistling or making comments with the intent of gaining attention by focusing on certain sexual characteristics, thereby falling under the category of sexual harassment. The purpose of this study is to investigate the meaning of the experience of anxiety and the elements that create anxiety in victims of verbal sexual harassment at Muhammadiyah Bandung University students using a qualitative method and an interpretive phenomenological analysis study style. The findings of this study suggest that all people who have been catcalled exhibit anxiety symptoms that are similar in degree but manifest in distinct ways. This can be noticed in the physical symptoms of worry shown by the four informants, such as a racing heart, trembling, weakness, and increased sweating. When they were subjected to verbal sexual harassment, all informants displayed the conduct of avoiding the perpetrator and the setting. The emergence of the perception that they are in a dangerous situation in a situation that is considered safe by most people, and all informants excessively predict a danger so that they feel afraid if they meet with the perpetrator again are the factors that cause all informants to experience anxiety. All of the informants have been catcalled, which causes them to have self-defeating attitudes and erroneous ideas that they will be catcalled again if they encounter a group of guys.