“You can’t do that, man. That’s disrespectful.”

Time:  Night (7:30pm-12am)
Location: George Ave NW & Quebec Pl NW

As my friends and I were walking back towards the party we were attending and two middle aged men were standing in the sidewalk taking up most of the space. I didn’t feel like making a deal out of it, so the three of us moved to walk behind one of the gentlemen between the wall and his backside.

As my friend ahead of me passed, he reached his hand around and grabbed her thigh and then reached to grab my other friend. We were in shock, moved quickly out of his grasp and all were disgusted and shakened.

The other man he was standing with looked at us, looked at his friend and immediately said “You can’t do that, man. That’s disrespectful. You can’t do that.”

The two started to argue with each other and my friends and I hurried off. I yelled “Yeah, Thank you!” to the friend but really didn’t want to stick around for the argument or get followed down the quiet residential street we had turned on. My friend was shaken, we were pissed and yet we had to walk back into a party like nothing happened.

I’m thankful for a bystander who said something, but I’m also disturbed that someone put a hand on my friend.

She’s undocumented and fears ever reporting harassment. I don’t blame her. It left us feeling violated, miserable and alone.

Submitted 11/10/16 by “Kate”

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