“I am NOT your darling”

I was walking down E toward Union Station and a group of about 5 older men were walking toward me. I didn’t expect anything to happen, because it was a bigger group, but sure enough one of the men looked at me leeringly, and said “hello there my darling.” I raised my voice and looked at him and said “I am NOT your darling and STOP harassing women on the street.” A man following closely behind the group, but not with them, laughed. I’m not sure if he was laughing at me, or at the man for being called out.

It felt good to say something to this man in front of others, loud enough so they heard. Maybe next time he’ll think twice.

Submitted by JE on 1/8/2011

Location: New Jersey Ave and E Street NW

Time of harassment: Day Time (9:30A-3:30P)

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One Response

  1. Anonymous
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    Great response! Firm but to the point. I’m hopeful that that other man was laughing *with* you.

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