Justice on the Streets

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Time: Morning Rush Hour (5am-9:30am)
Location: Wisconsin Ave and Bradley Blvd

I was waiting for the bus and an employee of a company driving his work van who was waiting for the stop light started saying things and blowing me kisses. I got out my phone to film and he hid inside the van.

Because that happens every single day and I’m tired of it, I took a picture and made a complaint to the company. The company was very upset about it and fired the man.

Submitted 11/16/16 by “BDS”

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).

“I’m 50; I Guess It Never Ends”: Harassment on Capital Crescent Trail

Location: Capital Crescent Trail, Bethesda, MD
Time:  Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

On December 31, 2015 around 12:30 pm walking alone southbound on the Crescent Trail, a distinct, rough-looking, white (larger than a Jeep but smaller than a Hummer) vehicle with 2 men driving on the adjacent service road stopped to leer at me. They drove 30 feet past me and recklessly and loudly slammed on the vehicle’s brakes and stopped. They quickly reversed the vehicle car all the way back to me, and the passenger leered again. The passenger was in their 40s with a long (4-5″) full, bushy brown beard and small knit winter hat (perhaps bald) with dark eyes, who leered at me.

I was on the phone, and I told my friend about White vehicle and that I was very frightened. He was not a whistler, although he was quiet,they exhibited menacing, threatening behavior. I feared he would get out. There is a short chain link fence in that area right before ramp to tall bike overpass, which I believe goes over River Road- you can put air in your tires to left of that overpass. I prayed for a biker to go by, and one did just as I quickened my walking pace and the ramp started, which would allow me distance from the car.

I will never walk there alone again
, and I will carry pepper spray. I’m 50; I guess it never ends. If possible try to photograph the license plate or person and text to someone- I couldn’t process it all quick enough to do this as I thought I was going to need to run. Be safe.

Submitted 1/8/16 by “L”

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).

Street Harassed While Walking in Maryland

Location: Elm St. and Woodmont Ave. (Maryland)
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

I was walking down the street in a nice white t-shirt and a-line skirt, and a man looked at my face, then down at my breasts, and said, “That’s some nice goodies you got there.”

Emphases by CASS. Submitted 5/17/13 by “R.D.”

Anti-street harassment march in DC, June 2011.

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).

Harassment Too Close To Home

Just two days ago, I was walking home after the Ride On Bus dropped me on Massachusetts Ave. I was about 100 feet from my house when a white truck pulled up and as it was going by, a man asked, “Hey honey, do you need something to blow?” He laughed and then drove away. I was completely disgusted.

Submitted by Alex C

Location: Rockmere Drive & Nahant Street

Time of harassment: Evening Rush Hour (3:30P-7:30P)

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Elevator Harassment

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I was harassed today in the elevator of my office building.

I was riding to the deli in the lobby. The door opens at the second floor and I awkwardly step out and then back in, realizing I had the wrong floor. The person getting on the elevator was a young man wearing the uniform of a certain shipping company. He laughed and said “Did I trick you?” I laughed and said “You sure did.” I thought the guy was just trying to make conversation or flirt a little.

But then he says, “You seem like a nice person who can take that kind of joke, not like someone who’s gonna like punch me in the face for something like that.” I chuckled and said “Nahh I wouldn’t do that.” He said, “I’m sure you’d be able to throw a good punch though,” and SQUEEZES MY BICEP. My arms were folded, so he was very very close to grazing my breast as well.

The doors opened and I power-walked into the deli. He followed me to the deli, which he did not have to walk through to exit the building. He joked, “I’m not stalking you, my truck is parked on this side.” I stopped at the salad counter, and he stopped behind me. “I also have to tell you that you look so beautiful today.” As he was walking away, I muttered a whispered “thanks” under my breath, too intimidated to say nothing but too shocked to stand up for myself.

I was so shaken, because that encounter went from elevator banter to him touching me in less than a minute. I wish I had the reaction time in that moment to say something. This was the first time that uncomfortable flirting, cat calling or random “complimenting” has occurred at, on or near my workplace, and this was the first time that it resulted in someone touching me. Frankly, I was scared. I told my human resources manager about what happened, and she is going to call the company to make a complaint against the employee.

I already get cat called often in DC and had an unusually high volume of unwanted and harassing male attention in OCMD this weekend. I am at a point where I’ve really had enough. I am growing increasingly angry at our patriarchal system normalizing the objectification of women to the point where we are regularly afraid or uncomfortable around men in our public spaces. We don’t want “compliments” from strangers. We don’t want to be harassed. This type of behavior is just not okay. It makes us feel uncomfortable, unsafe, and vulnerable. My body is not yours to stare at, discuss or touch.

Submitted by Anonymous on 8/15/2011

Location: Bethesda, MD @Office Building

Time of harassment: Day Time (9:30A-3:30P)

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