Home Isn’t Safe: “I felt like a sexual object… in my own front yard.”

Location: 12th St. NE & Girard St. NE, Washington, DC
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

Tonight, I was walking into my own front yard and saying “hi” to a neighbor (also female) who lives in my building while we retrieved our keys from our purses to go inside. Someone yelled, “Hey, ladies, looking good!” at us. I looked at her and said, “Did that come from a car?” Her: “I think so, there’s no one walking by.” While I did look at the cars waiting for the light to change with a stern and unamused look on my face, there was no way I could determine who yelled out at us. I felt like a sexual object that received passing commentary in my own front yard.

Submitted 9/10/15 by “TD”

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