Street Harassed in NW DC: “I Froze, Knowing How Dangerous It Was.”

Location: Connecticut Avenue NW
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

I was walking home from the metro, and six tall men came out of a building and noticed me. As if assuming a hunting stance, they encircled me as if by instinct – three on one side, three on the other. All six of them started at the same time. “Where are you going beautiful?” “Can I come with you?” “Hola mi amor.” “Oh yah you know you sexy.” I froze, knowing how dangerous it was for me to be in that huddle.

Of course at that very moment on such a busy street, there was no one. I had tunnel vision for the light that slipped in between the folds of their uniforms and all I could think of was “I need to get out of here.” Usually I can retort, but I froze. One of them reached for my hip and I bolted through the circle – it felt like freedom on the other side. But I feel trapped now.

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 4/17/14 by Anonymous.

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