“Women are supposed to be able to move freely in this country.”

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Location: 16th and L St NW (Farragut North)
Time: Night (7:30pm-12am)

I am on my way home from work, where, ironically, I work with a pro-woman non-profit. I stop at the I decide to grab some food before walking the two blocks to the Metro. This means, I do not walk to the Metro with my coworker. I don’t think much of this, because I am used to walking alone at night. We all have to sometimes, right? As I come out of my office, I see a group of men who I would estimate to be around 20 years of age. One of them walks in front of me with his arms spread out so he takes up more room. I try to walk around him, but he gets in front of me. I realize he is purposely blocking my path. The man calls out, “You’re a dog!” After he says this a couple of times, he stops blocking my path and goes back to his group of friends a few steps away. Then he shouts, “Let me in your pussy!” The friends join in the shouting of both of his chants, and I calmly walk to the Metro station, relieved he has stopped blocking my path. I wonder if these men had any idea that their “fun” came at my sense of freedom and safety. What is so fun about jumping in front of a woman so she can’t walk and shouting derogatory things at her? I really don’t get it. Women are supposed to be able to move freely in this country. Why don’t we work to stop this bullying, abusive behavior?

Submitted on 10/19/12 by Anonymous

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3 Responses

  1. Kat
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    This is around the corner from my office. In the past when I’ve been harassed (usually by the bike messengers at the pot belly), I’ve reported it to the businesses that the groups are loitering in front of and the the Golden Triangle BID. They take street harassment reports seriously because they want everyone in our area to feel safe and no one likes the financial impact of less customers because you can’t safely walk down the street to get a bite to eat.

  2. julia
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    Kat, I’m glad to hear that the businesses you’ve reported street harassment to have taken it seriously. Businesses can be a strong ally!

  3. Anonymous
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    Kat, that’s a good idea about reporting to local business. I hadn’t thought of that. Thank you.

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