“Don’t harass me!”

Actually, this was one of my more positive street harassment experiences (as if! but I say that because I felt good about how I responded–even though I did it without thinking). I was walking east on T St., away from Dupont Circle, thinking my thoughts, when I realized two men across the street were yelling something at me. Since I couldn’t make out what they were saying, I said something like “What?” or “Excuse me?” For all I knew they could have been asking me for directions. But then it became apparent they had other intentions – when one of them responded by commenting on my appearance. Without thinking, I said loudly, “Don’t harass me!” I don’t think he was expecting that; he responded “I just said that’s a beautiful dress.” I replied loudly, “No, you’re harassing me, is what you’re doing” and walked on. I think they were a bit taken aback.

Not an intense encounter overall, but I’m happy that I pointed out what they were doing (harassing me) and that it was wrong. I felt good about it afterward.

Submitted by H on 8/26/2010

Location: Around 16th and T NW

Time of Harassment: Evening Rush Hour (3:30P-7:30P)

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One Response

  1. guy

    good response for you!
    guys may be overcome by your radiance and beauty and want to express themselves. sometimes they need to be taught that this is harassment and does not make you feel better about the day, but more uncomfortable.