“I Just Kept Walking, But It Has Left Me Feeling Angry and Distracted for Hours.”

Location: Federal Center SW Metro Station
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

As I was getting off of the escalator from the metro stop with my groceries, a man yelled “Damn, I would tear that ass up!” In a manner clearly directed at me.

The level of violence and disrespect directed at women who are just trying to go about their daily lives is completely unacceptable. It’s a distraction, and a reminder that there are men out there that think like that and assume that they’ll get away with it. I just kept walking, but it has left me feeling angry and distracted for hours.

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 9/17/13 by “M.P.”


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