“I Don’t Normally React to Street Harassment, But This Was Too Much…”

Location: Georgia Avenue between Thayer Avenue and Silver Spring Avenue (Silver Spring)
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

I was heading to my yoga class this evening (12/23/14) and I walked past a group of guys. I heard one of them hock a loogie and spit near me. I said, “Ew!” loudly. This guy started cursing and saying, “Fuck you, bitch! I didn’t spit at you!” I continued walking and said, “It sounded like you did!” He continued cursing, ranting, and raving while I continued walking. I was not going to stand and argue with someone who’d react that aggressively over what I felt was a normal reaction to someone doing something gross near me. Getting to my yoga class was more important. I’ve been learning to be less reactive to these jerks on the street and find that I encounter less street harassment, but once in a blue moon something like this happens.

Submitted 12/23/14 by “D.”

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