“Here’s the Onslaught of Street Harassment I Faced While Walking in DC”

Location: 6th and I St NW (Chinatown)
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

  • First comment yelled from a truck as I was crossing the street: “Hey there, Pretty Hair.”
  • Second comment yelled from a DIFFERENT motorist as I was crossing the SAME street: “You’re beautiful.”
  • Third comment from a man who broke from his conversation with three other men to comment: “I bet you get wild at night.” Then the his buddies, “yeah, that one looks tame now, but she’s the type to get wild when the sun goes down.” Then yells back to me (I’m already on the other side of the street), “Let that hair down, girl.”

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 9/18/13 by Anonymous.

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