Street Harassed in Columbia Heights: “He Then Proceeded to Smack My Ass”

Location: 14th Street NW and Spring Road, Washington, DC
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

While walking to the metro this morning, a man walked past and said: “Mmm, I’ve been craving a gingersnap.”

He then proceeded to smack my ass. When I gasped and turned around to tell him off, he just looked at me and said “Get it? A ginger snap!” He walked away laughing. Not ok.

Submitted 2/26/15 by “Anonymous.”

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