“They comment on my appearance every single time I walk by.”

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Location: 1st and P St NW
Time:  Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

Last week, I moved to a new house on quieter street in Bloomingdale with two close friends and was excited about the new spot– until I got to see who else lived on my street. Two men in particular, who live two houses down from mine, sit on their stoop every day and feel the need to comment on my appearance every single time I pass. “Hey there, beautiful” “Whatcha got in those groceries? You cookin’ for me, sugar?” “Save me something delicious, baby” “I like the way she walks”– the list goes on. I finally got tired of it after a week and said something this weekend, telling them that their comments were unnecessary and made me uncomfortable so I’d like them to stop. They laughed and said, “So what? You’re beautiful!” It’s one thing to feel constantly unsafe walking around the city but a special brand of frustrating when it’s right outside my own home, the one place I should feel safe.

Submitted 8/8/16 by “RK”

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).

Woman Speaks After Violent Attack in Bloomingdale

We’re shaken to read about this violent attack late last month in Bloomingdale. Please stay safe, DC. If you experience sexual harassment or assault, consider reaching out to the DCRCC – Powering A Culture of Consent hotline to access support at (202) 333-7273.

The story, as reported by NBC Washington:

A woman walking down a street in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of D.C. was pushed down a lower-level stairway before Christmas by a man who threatened to kill her and tried to rip off her shirt.

 

The victim of the violent attack on the 100 block of Seaton Place NW told News4 she wants her neighbors to be aware of the dangerous man at large.

 

“I want people to know that there is an attacker out there,” she said, asking that her name be withheld.

 

About to start her Christmas vacation, the Bloomingdale resident of several years was walking east from the Shaw-Howard University Metro station after 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22 when a man called out to her.

 

“I heard somebody give a catcall. I didn’t even turn around and look at it,” she said.

 

Suddenly, just a block from her front door, a man grabbed her from behind. He dragged her off the sidewalk and tried to force her beneath the front porch of a house.

 

“I started to scream and yell, hoping somebody in the house would hear me, at which point he put me in a chokehold and said he had a gun and that he would kill me,” the victim said.

 

Fearing for her life, she complied with the attacker’s demands.

 

“What do you want? You have my purse, you have my coat. What do you want from me?” she recalled.

 

“And he said, ‘I want you.’ And he reached for my shirt, to unbutton or rip off my shirt,” she said.

 

Just then, another woman walked past.

 

“I started to yell and fight again, and he was fighting with me, I think until he realized there was a person right there that I was yelling to,” she said.

 

The woman who came to her aid also started to scream, and called police.

 

The suspect ran away with the Bloomingdale resident’s credit cards, cash and the keys to her home.

 

“Two patrolmen were there within minutes, before the lady who passed by was even off of her cellphone,” the victim said. “They attempted to pursue him.”

 

The Bloomingdale resident — who told the neighborhood blog PoPville she escaped with scrapes and bruises — never got the name of the good Samaritan but said she would like to thank her.

 

“If she hears this, I would certainly like to give her a huge thank-you,” she said. “She potentially saved my life.”

 

Police described the suspect as a black man with a dark complexion and average to thin build, who stands about 6-foot. He was last seen wearing black pants, black boots and a hood. He is wanted for robbery and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse.

 

Anyone with information that may help police is asked to call 202-727-9099. Information also can be provided by sending a text message to 50411.

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).

“When I ignored him, he grew annoyed and said, ‘You a ugly b****.'”

Bloomingdale neighborhood, DC

Location: Bloomingdale
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

I was walking home from work and around Rhode Island Ave. and First St. NW, I saw a group of 3-4 young men standing on the sidewalk. I looked straight ahead without making eye contact as I walked past them. One of the men tried to get my attention by asking me how I was doing. Like always, I chose not to respond, as it tends to encourage them. When I ignored him, he grew annoyed and said, “You a ugly bitch.”

Submitted on 7/17/12 by “Anonymous”

If you experience or have experienced sexual harassment on the DC Metro system:
Please consider reporting to Metro Transit Police: www.wmata.com/harassment; 202-962-2121.

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.

Community rally against hate crimes in Eckington TOMORROW (August 9th)

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Two Eckington residents were attacked walking from a car to their home the night of July 21st, leaving one of them with a fractured jaw and in need of major surgery.  Why were the lives of this couple so brutally interrupted in what should have been an uneventful two-block walk to their front door?  They may have been targeted, says MPD, because they are gay.

This reprehensible act of violence and homophobia has since turned into a story of the success of collective action and community support. Community members chipped in more than enough money to pay the hospital bills of one of the victims, and now, their neighbors are organizing a march and rally to take place tomorrow, August 9, at 7:00pm at Big Bear Cafe, located at R and 1st NW. TitledWE SHALL NOT BE MOVED Rally and Safety Walk (all caps righteously the organizers’), the event will include a march to the site of the incident, where the participants will engage in a “momentum of noise.”

Please join us there and help us show that we can — and will — be heard.  CASS supports the WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED march as well as all community-based responses to hate crimes and gender-based violence. All acts of gender- and sexuality-based violence are attacks against the community at large, and no one needs to stand by while their neighbors become survivors.

In case you’re thinking this might just be one sad but rare incident, we want to stress that this is not an isolated occurrence.  According to police statistics, incidences of crimes linked to victims’ sexual orientation have increased this year.  Twenty-two such hate crimes have been reported so far, compared to 15 at this time in 2011.  This does not include the crimes that go unreported or that are allegedly gender- or sexuality-based but are not classified as such.  After a rash of violence against the transgender community last summer, NPR reported that the crimes, which included hate-based vandalism, had “raise[d] alarm” in the city.  Earlier this year, almost 1,000 DC residents marched against hate after three violent attacks occurred within the space of a week.

It’s time to make headlines again! We hope to see you tomorrow. Look for the folks in the Collective Action for Safe Spaces t-shirts if you want to chat or march with us!

Argh.

I was going for a jog after work through Logan Circle, up 14th Street, down Florida Ave., and through LeDroit Park and Bloomingdale. On multiple occasions, older men (probably 40+) either made comments as I passed them (one I heard saying “you don’t need to run to look like that”), leered at me, or jokingly ran along.

Finally, I passed a gentleman and I turned behind to see him staring at me and saying a comment about my butt that I couldn’t clearly hear. Incredibly frustrated after this experience, I angrily told him “do not say a word to me,” and kept on running.

It was probably not the best response that I could have given but I was really quite demoralized and upset by the end of the run. Whether they intended to or not, I was feeling self-conscious about running in spandex by the end of my jog, or that my running served no purpose besides their consumption. Argh.

Submitted by ME

Location: LeDroit Park/Bloomingdale (two separate areas)

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

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