“he started sliding his hand down my hip…”

I was walking down the street with my boyfriend, and someone started walking right behind us (outside of my peripheral vision). He stepped forward and put his arm around my waist; still unable to see him, I figured it might be a friend of mine. A few steps later, I looked over; just as I realized I didn’t recognize the dude and recoiled, he started sliding his hand down my hip. My bf started yelling at him (I was sort of in shock and didn’t know what to do), and the dude walked ahead of us, stumbling drunk, yelling “I’m sorry, I like Muslim girls.” (I’m not Muslim and don’t understand what that meant.) As my bf continued to yell at him, a woman who had been walking behind the whole time ran up to him and told us to lay off, because “Can’t you see he’s drunk?”

Submitted by anonymous

Location: 9th & U St NW

Time of harassment: Night (7:30P-12A)

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2 Responses

  1. Obie

    Because being drunk completely excuses all sexual harassment, right? Ugh. The fact that another woman was standing up for him makes it even worse. I wonder how many other girls out there think this guy’s behavior was appropriate?

  2. Golden Silence

    I can’t stand it when women justify a harasser’s actions. Instead of building solidarity, you’re just breaking it down. Women like the bystander are the reason why women who are harassed have mixed feelings about whether or not what happened was harassment and end up blaming themselves.