Unsafe on my own street: “It’s ridiculous that I even have to worry about this.”

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Location: Georgia Avenue & Quincy Street NW (Petworth)
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

On a Sunday afternoon, I was on my way home from yoga. I’d realized that I’d left my keys inside my apartment (that I share with roommates who were home at the time, luckily).

After getting off Metro at the Petworth stop, I was walking up to my front door, texting my roommate to let me in, when a man on the corner whistled at me in a very cat call-y way.

Usually I don’t engage with these people, but this time I just snapped — I was flustered about my key situation, hot and tired from yoga, and enraged that I have to deal with this. As I walked past him, I turned up my middle finger. He immediately yelled back, “Asshole!” I didn’t respond and went inside.

What scares me, though, is I saw him on the same corner tonight as I came home from work. I’m worried that he might be staking me out for retaliation. My roommates and I have agreed that if we see him tomorrow night, we’re going to file a complaint. It’s ridiculous that I even have to worry about this.

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted on 3/18/13 by Anonymous

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