Street Harassed in Virginia: “Don’t talk to me like that!”

street harassment

Location: N Lynn Street & Route 29 (Arlington, VA)
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

As I walked onto the sidewalk, a man holding up a sign begging for money from cars at the stop light started yelling at me to lift up my skirt so he could “lick my pussy”. I turned around and started yelling at him “Don’t talk to me like that! Don’t talk to women like that!”

He then said he “wasn’t talking to me” even though there were no other women around. I turned around and walked away. I’m about ready to go stand next to him holding a sign telling everyone what a creep he is.

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 8/28/13 by Anonymous.

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