Not OK! “I Was Harassed By A Bar Employee In Adams Morgan”

Location: Bourbon in Adams Morgan (2321 18th Street NW)
Time: Late Night (12am-5am)

I was at Bourbon in Adams Morgan earlier this summer when I felt a hand grab my waist. The person was clearly walking past behind me, but it was a deliberate touch that made me uncomfortable. I swatted the hand away and left the bar, since I was ready to leave anyway. When I got to the street, my boyfriend had followed to comfort me. Next thing I knew, a man who had followed my out of the bar was trying to get my attention. While I sat on the curb getting more and more upset, he yelled at me for swatting his hand, insisting that he worked there and he just needed to get by. He told me that I was overreacting and kept asking me why I did that to him. I didn’t want a confrontation, so I just kept asking him to leave me alone, and eventually begged him to go away. After a couple of minutes of harassment and after I had begun to cry, he finally left myself and my boyfriend while informing me that I was no longer welcome inside the bar. He then took post as the bouncer and stood at the front door to make certain that I wouldn’t reenter. I left and never intend to return.

Submitted 8/20/14 by Anonymous.

NOTE FROM CASS:
It is in the interest of all bars and businesses to prevent harassment. We contacted Bourbon upon receiving this submission and are in touch with them regarding steps they can take to ensure that their bar is a safe space. We hope to report back soon.

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Do you have a personal experience with gender-based public sexual harassment or assault? Share your story to help raise awareness about the pervasiveness and harmful effects of street harassment. All submissions are posted anonymously unless otherwise specified.

If you experience or have experienced sexual harassment on the DC Metro system: Whether the event is happening at the moment or occurred months ago, we strongly encourage you to report to Metro Transit Police (MTP): www.wmata.com/harassment or 202-962-2121. Reporting helps identify suspects as well as commons trends in harassment. You can program MTP’s number into your phone so you can easily reach them when needed.

If you need assistance in coping with public sexual harassment or assault, please contact the DC Rape Crisis Center (DCRCC) 24/7 crisis hotline at 202-333-RAPE (202-333-7279).

Rubbed Against at Safeway

Location: Safeway on Columbia Road (Adams Morgan)
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

Today I went to the Admo Safeway close by where my husband and I live. When I was in the line to the cashier, I noticed that a man was standing as to lean too close to me, nearly rubbing me with the back side of his wrist. I twisted around and I stared very disapprovingly at his face. Noticing my non-verbal disapproval, he shouted, “don’t look at me that way, I’m not goin to rob you, I am not a robber!” I replied, ” I didn’t believe you would rob me.” Suddenly, his wife appeared and started talking to him about me, insinuating within earshot that I was probably a racist, it’s so unfair (lose-lose!)!!! Help!

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 10/7/13 by “LG.”


Do you have a personal experience with gender-based public sexual harassment or assault? Submit your story to help raise awareness about the pervasiveness and harmful effects of street harassment. All submissions are posted anonymously unless otherwise specified.

If you experience or have experienced sexual harassment on the DC Metro system: Whether the event is happening at the moment or occurred months ago, we strongly encourage you to report to Metro Transit Police (MTP): www.wmata.com/harassment or 202-962-2121. Reporting helps identify suspects as well as commons trends in harassment. Recommended tip: Program MTP’s number into your phone so you can easily reach them when needed. If you need assistance in coping with public sexual harassment or assault, please contact the DC Rape Crisis Center (DCRCC) 24/7 crisis hotline at 202-333-RAPE (202-333-7279).

Street Harassed, Antagonized & Leered At In Adams Morgan

Location:  Columbia Rd NW and Mozart Pl NW (Columbia Heights/Adams Morgan)
Time:  Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

As I was walking, a man on a bike rode around me very slowly while leering at me. I told him to fuck off and flipped the bird. He whined, “What, can’t I look?” and I said, “No, you can’t look, you can fuck right off, that’s what you can do.” He rode off to the other side of the street, grumbling.

I’m glad I stood up for myself, but I still felt objectified and violated and utterly disgusted.

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 6/11/13 by Anonymous


Do you have a personal experience with gender-based public sexual harassment or assault? Submit your story to help raise awareness about the pervasiveness and harmful effects of street harassment. All submissions are posted anonymously unless otherwise specified.

If you experience or have experienced sexual harassment on the DC Metro system: Whether the event is happening at the moment or occurred months ago, we strongly encourage you to report to Metro Transit Police (MTP): www.wmata.com/harassment or 202-962-2121. Reporting helps identify suspects as well as commons trends in harassment. Recommended tip: Program MTP’s number into your phone so you can easily reach them when needed.

If you need assistance in coping with public sexual harassment or assault, please contact the DC Rape Crisis Center (DCRCC) 24/7 crisis hotline at 202-333-RAPE (202-333-7279).

Adams Morgan Advertisement Sends Troubling Message in Blurring Bar Scene With Sex

[Ed. Note: The post below regards a bus stop advertisement by the Adams Morgan’s BID (AMBID) located at Columbia & Ontario. The advertisement, which Diaz Zapanta first alerted CASS to on Wednesday, has already struck up conversation at Prince of Petworth, where more than a few commenters have noted its “creepy” nod to rape culture.]

By Victor Diaz Zapanta

Adams Morgan has long maintained a reputation for its sketchy nightlife and an atmosphere which can lend itself to being unsafe towards women. It’s a neighborhood that I used to avoid biking through because of the disproportionate amount of drunk drivers and where walking the sidewalk late on a Saturday night was like playing puke frogger.

Over the past few years, I have watched with fascination as more and more local businesses have slowly shifted Adams Morgan into a foody destination rife with some of DC’s best restaurants and cafes.

It’s disturbing to see the Adams Morgan’s BID take a step in the wrong direction by trying to draw people to the neighborhood by insinuating you’ll get laid if you go there. This is something I would expect of an Axe body spray ad, not an organization that is supposed to represent the interests of businesses.

Victor Diaz Zapanta is a digital advocate based out of DC. Follow him on twitter at @victorzapanta.

Adams Morgan Advertisement Sends Troubling Message in Blurring Bar Scene With SexPhoto by Victor Diaz Zapanta


Note from CASS

We regularly receive submissions on experiences with sexual harassment and assault that take place in the Adams Morgan neighborhood, including those that occur in direct connection to the bar and nightlife scene. Just within the last few months, we’ve received accounts of a woman who was sexually assaulted while standing outside an AdMo bar, another woman who had an bouncer laugh when she was similarly assaulted assaulted and a case in which a woman was assaulted and harassed for turning down a man’s advances while dancing at a bar.

Whether it’s in relation to Adam’s Morgan or any other DC neighborhood, advertising that conflates alcohol with sex sends a worrisome message. Our newest program, Safe Bars, aims to prevent harassment and assault that occurs in alcohol-serving establishments by training bar staff on intervention skills. We devised Safe Bars based on findings that approximately half of all sexual assault perpetrators are under the influence of alcohol at the time of the assault. Bars are social gathering places where alcohol is readily available, and although many people are able to safely enjoy themselves, sexual aggressors often use these types of environments as a “staging ground” for selecting, isolating and even incapacitating targets who might not be able to consent.

Stay tuned for more info on Safe Bars, and feel free to let Adams Morgan BID know what you think.

No, You CANNOT Touch My Body: “I shouted back at vulgar street harassment.”

Location: Columbia and 18th St NW (Adams Morgan)
Time: Late Night (12am-5am)

I was walking next to a male friend of mine and coming from the other direction was a man stumbling a bit was walking straight towards me and I could tell he was going to say something to me. He said to me as we passed each other “Let me suck your pussy.” I screamed “shut the fuck up” and as I walked by I heard a couple “ohs” in surprise from other men on the street.

I usually don’t say anything but must have felt safer since it was a crowded street and I was next to a male friend.

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 5/7/13 by “SBS”

Street harassment is just that – harassment.

Do you have a personal experience with gender-based public sexual harassment or assault?
Submit your story to help raise awareness about the pervasiveness and harmful effects of street harassment. All submissions are posted anonymously unless otherwise specified.

If you experience or have experienced sexual harassment on the DC Metro system:
Whether the event is happening at the moment or occurred months ago, we strongly encourage you to report to Metro Transit Police (MTP): www.wmata.com/harassment or 202-962-2121. Reporting helps identify suspects as well as commons trends in harassment. Recommended tip: Program MTP’s number into your phone so you can easily reach them when needed.

If you need assistance in coping with public sexual harassment or assault, please contact the DC Rape Crisis Center (DCRCC) 24/7 crisis hotline at 202-333-RAPE (202-333-7279).

 

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