“…Ignoring the [harasser] angers them, which results in a heightened barrage of abusive language”

Location: Thomas Circle
Time: Day Time (9:30am-3:30pm)

I was walking down the sidewalk and a man started trying to engage me and get my attention as I approached him. I avoided eye contact and kept walking past him. Angered that I ignored him, he shouted, “fat ass bitch!” as I passed. In my experiences of street harassment, this type of encounter has been the most common — ignoring the person angers them, which results in a heightened barrage of abusive language.

Submitted on 7/13/12 by “CE”

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