Location: 7th & Independence SW (L’Enfant Plaza)
Time: Night (7:30pm-12am)
I was attending an evening event on the Mall, standing outside by myself and waiting for my friend. Imagine my surprise when a man walking past me started making comments about my ass, even though there were food trucks and plenty of gallery-goers milling around.
I yelled back that I didn’t appreciate him talking to me like that, which only seemed to encourage his ongoing commentary on my butt. Finally I yelled at him to SHUT UP (there was some pearl-clutching by bystanders at this point). The man called me a bitch and walked off.
Yelling shut up may not have been the most constructive way to engage with a street harasser. It feels wrong to silence somebody. And he honestly thought he was complimenting me and that I should be flattered. I’m trying to think of better ways to handle this if it happens again (statistically likely) but I’m not really sure how.
Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 8/22/13 by “C.”
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