There’s A First for Everything: “I Was Street Harassed In Front of My Own Home.”

There's A First for Everything: "I Was Street Harassed In Front of My Own Home."

There’s A First for Everything: “I Was Street Harassed In Front of My Own Home.”

Location: Walking into my house in Petworth, DC
Time: Night (7:30pm-12am)

Last night, I came home and parked down the block since there was no space available in front of my house. As I walked up to my steps, the car full of guys parked right in front of my house turned their windows down to comment on what a “sexy bitch” I am. I looked at them, disgusted, and continued to walk up my steps. Then I heard a comment about how they all wanted to “tear my ass up.”

Unfortunately, I have grown used to hearing these types of comments if I dare to walk around my neighborhood without my husband. But I have NEVER had the experience of being harassed at the end of a workday while walking up the steps to my own home. Sad.

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 4/15/14 by Anonymous.

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Do you have a personal experience with gender-based public sexual harassment or assault? Submit your story to help raise awareness about the pervasiveness and harmful effects of street harassment. All submissions are posted anonymously unless otherwise specified.

If you experience or have experienced sexual harassment on the DC Metro system: Whether the event is happening at the moment or occurred months ago, we strongly encourage you to report to Metro Transit Police (MTP): www.wmata.com/harassment or 202-962-2121. Reporting helps identify suspects as well as commons trends in harassment. You can program MTP’s number into your phone so you can easily reach them when needed.

If you need assistance in coping with public sexual harassment or assault, please contact the DC Rape Crisis Center (DCRCC) 24/7 crisis hotline at 202-333-RAPE (202-333-7279).

Street Harassed in NoMa: “The Next Thing I Knew, They Threw A Glass Bottle At My Feet.”

Street Harassed in NoMa: "The Next Thing I Knew, They Threw A Glass Bottle At My Feet."

Street Harassed in NoMa: “The Next Thing I Knew, They Threw A Glass Bottle At My Feet.”

Location: New York Avenue and 3rd St NW (Mt. Vernon/NoMa)
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

I was walking toward the Mount Vernon metro and walked past two males as they made comments about my body that I didn’t really try make out because I was so accustomed to them at that intersection by that point. I didn’t bother to even look in their direction, which must have enraged them because one yelled something my way as I crossed the intersection and the next thing I know a glass bottle shatters to the right of my feet. I didn’t want to give them any satisfaction so I kept walking as though nothing had occurred but I made sure to move far from that area later that month.

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 4/8/14 by “SH.”

Take a stand against public sexual harassment and assault: Donate now.


Do you have a personal experience with gender-based public sexual harassment or assault? Submit your story to help raise awareness about the pervasiveness and harmful effects of street harassment. All submissions are posted anonymously unless otherwise specified.

If you experience or have experienced sexual harassment on the DC Metro system: Whether the event is happening at the moment or occurred months ago, we strongly encourage you to report to Metro Transit Police (MTP): www.wmata.com/harassment or 202-962-2121. Reporting helps identify suspects as well as commons trends in harassment. You can program MTP’s number into your phone so you can easily reach them when needed.

If you need assistance in coping with public sexual harassment or assault, please contact the DC Rape Crisis Center (DCRCC) 24/7 crisis hotline at 202-333-RAPE (202-333-7279).

Dear Community: You Are Collective Action All-Stars!

collective action for safe spaces DC

Dear Community: You Are Collective Action All-Stars!

THE NUMBERS ARE IN:
You helped us raise $12,000 at our 5th Anniversary Bash at Room & Board!!!

Last year you impressed us, and this year you *completely blew us away* with twice the generosity. You all are truly amazing.

Because it’s National Volunteer Week — and also because they are FANTASTIC — A special shout out to our volunteers, without whom we could never throw such an amazing party! You inspire and energize us so much, and we are so grateful for your love.

Another BIG shout out to our sponsors, especially Room and BoardDC BrauMonument Fine WinesMatchbox 14th St., and all of our generous silent auction donors. It means everything to have community partners like you in our corner!

Our amazing sponsors!

If you haven’t seen them yet, check out the event photos!
But first, let us tell you a little but about just how far your donation will go.

Some of you may have seen this week’s big news: People in DC who choose to report sexual assault to the police will now be protected by the Sexual Assault Victims’ Rights Act. The passage of this bill was driven by the efforts of a coalition of survivors and local service providers, led by yours truly, to educate policymakers on the importance of ensuring that systems serve *survivors*. This mobilization of survivor voices for the betterment of public policy is unprecedented in DC (unless you count our WMATA advocacy!) What does all this mean?

It means that together, you and CASS are making survivor voices a force to be reckoned with by decision makers all over the city. When you support our work, every one of your dollars makes groundbreaking advocacy such as this possible.

Here are a few more things we’re looking forward to bring to you in 2014:

Making DC Bars Safer Spaces

We’re piloting our new program to train bar staff to recognize sexual aggression and intervene before things get dangerous! We want to roll this out around the city and have activists behind every bar. And check out this great coverage of our program from Slate!

Training New Anti-Harassment Activists

We’re training more people in YOUR communities to respond to harassment and change the culture to stop it once and for all! Next up: young people at the Latin American Youth Center. We’re so excited!

Providing Safe Travel Options for Women & LGBT Folks

We’re looking forward to launching our long-awaited safe rides program soon!

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If you haven’t yet, please make sure you sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We will be updating you on all the ways we’re putting your donations to work. We cannot wait for you to see, firsthand, how much of a difference you’re making.

Couldn’t make it to our 5th anniversary party but want to donate? Give now!

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Stalked & Street Harassed in DC: “No One Did A Thing To Help.”

Stalked & Street Harassed in DC: “No One Did A Thing To Help.”

Location: Between Columbia Heights and Woodley Park, DC
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

It was one of the first nice days out in a long time, so I decided to walk home from the Target in Columbia Heights rather than take the bus. I noticed a man leaning out the passenger side window of a car leering at me and licking his lips. I asked him, “What the fuck are you staring at?” He replied, “Damn, nice legs baby. And you’ve got a mouth on you, I like that.” Then [he] said to the driver of the car (loudly, clearly intending for me to hear) “I would tear that shit UP.”

I flipped him off, then did my best to ignore him as the car drove slowly beside me for the next several blocks, staring at me the entire time. When I sped up, they sped up; when I stopped, they stopped. I was worried that they would follow me all the way home, so I looked for a store to stop in and wait for them to pass, but I was in the middle of a stretch of residential blocks. I shouted at them a few times to leave me alone, but each time the man laughed and seemed to be enjoying my obvious anger/discomfort.

There were plenty of other people on the street, but everyone just looked away and continued to go about their business. No one did a thing to stop it, and someone even gave me a dirty look when I shouted a curse word at the man. Like I was the one doing something wrong. After the fact I wished I had thought to make a note of the car’s license plate, called the police to report it, done SOMETHING besides just let it happen, but in the moment I was too angry and afraid to do anything besides get home.

Submitted 4/2/14 by “Nicole M.”

Take a stand against public sexual harassment and assault: Donate now.


Do you have a personal experience with gender-based public sexual harassment or assault? Submit your story to help raise awareness about the pervasiveness and harmful effects of street harassment. All submissions are posted anonymously unless otherwise specified.

If you experience or have experienced sexual harassment on the DC Metro system: Whether the event is happening at the moment or occurred months ago, we strongly encourage you to report to Metro Transit Police (MTP): www.wmata.com/harassment or 202-962-2121. Reporting helps identify suspects as well as commons trends in harassment. You can program MTP’s number into your phone so you can easily reach them when needed.

If you need assistance in coping with public sexual harassment or assault, please contact the DC Rape Crisis Center (DCRCC) 24/7 crisis hotline at 202-333-RAPE (202-333-7279).

Thank You, CASS Community!

Happy National Volunteer Week!

As you know, CASS is volunteer-run nonprofit. This week, we send an especially HUGE thanks to the DC community members that volunteer their time to make our work possible! This includes the over 400 community members that signed onto join the DC Justice for Survivors Campaign (DC JSC), which yesterday succeeded in helping pass landmark sexual assault reforms in DC.

We’re so proud! Thank you to all the volunteers that support us. We couldn’t do this work without you!