Street Harassed By A Car Full of Men Near the Ballston Metro: “I Just Wanted To Get Home”

Street Harassed By A Car Full of Men Near the Ballston Metro: "I Just Wanted To Get Home"

Street Harassed By A Car Full of Men Near the Ballston Metro: “I Just Wanted To Get Home”

Location: Ballston/Virginia Square area (Virginia)
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

Walking home from the metro and a car full of guys pulls out of a parking garage. Driver leans out the window and says “baby you’re GORGEOUS.” I roll my eyes (under sunglasses) and just keep walking. Car proceeds to pull out, then slowly pull into the parking lot adjacent and another dude yells out “fire crotch!” and the whole car is clicking their tongues at me while I have no choice but to just walk past and pretend nothing is happening so I can go home.

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 4/22/14 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 NW DC: “I Froze, Knowing How Dangerous It Was.”

Location: Connecticut Avenue NW
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

I was walking home from the metro, and six tall men came out of a building and noticed me. As if assuming a hunting stance, they encircled me as if by instinct – three on one side, three on the other. All six of them started at the same time. “Where are you going beautiful?” “Can I come with you?” “Hola mi amor.” “Oh yah you know you sexy.” I froze, knowing how dangerous it was for me to be in that huddle.

Of course at that very moment on such a busy street, there was no one. I had tunnel vision for the light that slipped in between the folds of their uniforms and all I could think of was “I need to get out of here.” Usually I can retort, but I froze. One of them reached for my hip and I bolted through the circle – it felt like freedom on the other side. But I feel trapped now.

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 4/17/14 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).

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.”

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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).

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.

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