UPDATE: Pepco Responds to CASS; Takes Report of Street Harassment Seriously!

On 7/23/13, “AA” submitted her story to CASS on experiencing street harassment from a Pepco employee in NW DC (see her story below).

When CASS published AA’s story, we tweeted and Facebooked Pepco regarding the incident. The following day, a Pepco official reached out to us to say that they were “conducting an investigation in[to] the matter” as reported on our blog. With AA’s consent, we put her in touch with the official in order to help Pepco gather more details. Here’s what AA told us:

I spoke with the Manager of Credit, Collections & Remittance at Pepco who again apologized for the employee’s behavior. She said that the information I provided was extremely helpful in identifying my harasser, especially the photo and the description of the guy. Though she was unable to give me the specifics of what actions were taken, she did assure me it was dealt with.

I’m glad to know there’s a system in place at Pepco to report these types of incidences and that the people I spoke with took my report seriously. I hope that this offers people who have had similar experiences with street harassment some solace that businesses do care how their employees act while on the job.

We thank Pepco for taking efforts to address street harassment by its employees, and we hope other businesses like them follow suit!

Please help join us in thanking Pepco by tweeting (copy/paste) the following:

Dear @PepcoConnect: TY for taking street harassment seriously! http://bit.ly/14nkFhq #endSH #DC #fem2 cc @SafeSpacesDC

Please join us in thanking Pepco for taking street harassment seriously!
Please join us in thanking Pepco for taking street harassment seriously!

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“I Reported A Pepco Employee for Street Harassing Me in Dupont”

The following is AA’s submission to CASS from 7/23/13. 

Location: Florida Avenue and Connecticut Avenue, NW
Time: Night (7:30pm-12am)

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“I Reported Street Harassment from a Pepco Employee in Dupont”

Walking down Florida Avenue towards Dupont Circle with a friend late last Friday night, I passed a Pepco truck with two men working on the road. As we approached the truck, I hear the guy inside the truck mutter something in our direction. On guard, I asked “What?” loudly and he replied with a disgusting and derogatory hissing noise and asked “How are you ladies doing tonight?”

I flew off the handle and told him to “Fuck off” and walked away when I realized that since he was on the job, I should take a picture of the truck’s license plate, note the time, and intersection to report him directly to Pepco. I think he figured out I was up to something since he stayed away from me after I took a picture of the plates.

A few days later (since the incident took place late Friday night and the customer service line was closed), I called up Pepco to report the incident. I fully understand that this was pretty low on the street sexual harassment totem pole but the fact that he was on the job when he sexually harassed me really struck a nerve.

Thankfully, the customer representative I spoke with was extremely apologetic and took the report seriously. She said the departmental manager of construction would be in contact with me to verify the situation and take appropriate action. Fingers crossed that my efforts weren’t in vain!

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 7/23/13 by “AA.”

Do you have a personal experience with gender-based public sexual harassment or assault? Submit your story to help raise awareness about the pervasiveness and harmful effects of street harassment. All submissions are posted anonymously unless otherwise specified.

If you experience or have experienced sexual harassment on the DC Metro system: Whether the event is happening at the moment or occurred months ago, we strongly encourage you to report to Metro Transit Police (MTP): www.wmata.com/harassment or 202-962-2121. Reporting helps identify suspects as well as commons trends in harassment. Recommended tip: Program MTP’s number into your phone so you can easily reach them when needed.

If you need assistance in coping with public sexual harassment or assault, please contact the DC Rape Crisis Center (DCRCC) 24/7 crisis hotline at 202-333-RAPE (202-333-7279).