Street Harassed in Chinatown: “We weren’t going to let these terrible people ruin our night!”

Street Harassed in Chinatown: "We weren't going to let these terrible people ruin our night."
Street Harassed in Chinatown: “We weren’t going to let these terrible people ruin our night.”

Location: H & 6th St NW (Chinatown)
Time: Late Night (12am-5am)

As my 3 friends and I walked three blocks to a Chinese restaurant coming from a club, we were continually street harassed. Almost every group of men we walked past called out at us or whistled. They said things like “are you guys hos in the making?” and asked “how much?” or just asked us if we were prostitutes.

Though we were drunk and laughed off the remarks at the time, they did make us feel a little less safe being around the area. We weren’t going to let these terrible people ruin our girls night, but wanted to share our story because we’re sure many other girls have had similar experiences and it isn’t fair.

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 10/19/13 by “LG, NB, SM, EW.”


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