“I Was Chastised for Speaking Back to Street Harassment”

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“I Was Chastised for Speaking Back to Street Harassment”

Location: Mt. Vernon Square/Convention Center Metro Station
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

I was getting off the train at the Mt. Vernon Square/Convention Center stop for a train headed towards Greenbelt. I had headphones on, but I saw a man gesturing at me. In a break between songs, I heard him say, “That’s a nice dress.” I replied, “I didn’t ask your opinion.” The man proceeded to tell me, “That’s not how you talk to a gentleman.” I rolled my eyes and exited the train. He remained seated.

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 10/30/13 by Anonymous.

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