“I Almost Cried Out of Frustration, But I Also Felt Proud That I Said Something Back.”

Location: Cathedral and 28th Streets NW (Woodley Park)
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

I was waiting to cross at the edge of the crosswalk. Due to someone parallel parking to my left, a moving truck coming from my right had stopped in the intersection, just before the crosswalk, to wait for the person to park so he could have room to drive his truck through.

He stared at me and smiled, with the window rolled down, and at first I ignored him, waiting for him to drive by so I could cross. Then he yelled, “go right ahead baby. I want to watch you.”

I said “GO” and kind of gritted my teeth. He laughed and shrugged and said “what? I just want to watch you!” I yelled at him to “just GO” and finally, he did.

I was disgusted. I almost cried out of frustration, but I also felt a little proud that I had said something back to him instead of just crossing and feeling totally violated as he watched.

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Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 8/14/13 by “KW.”

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