“Even the people who are hired to protect us can be the ones harassing us.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location: Chinatown, near McDonald’s on 7th Street NW
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

Today, during my lunch break, I was walking back to my office from Washington Sports Club in Chinatown. I noticed a man and woman walking towards each other, and the man seemed to be saying something to the woman. I realized that he was a security guard (from the patch on his jacket, though I’m not sure where he was supposed to be working), and then I realized that he was leering at her and making comments. He was looking her up and down, saying things like “how you doin”, to which she mumbled something and opened the door to McDonald’s. Even when he’d passed her and was several feet away, he was still turning around and staring at her. It was really disgusting and I may have called him a name in response to it.

It made me realize that even the people who are hired to protect us can be the ones harassing us. I was worried for the woman and then worried for myself once I spoke up towards him.

Luckily he didn’t react to me and kept on his way. But again, what do we do when people in authority positions harass us?

Submitted 3/21/17 by “M.G.”

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).

“He was sitting in his car, masturbating and looking at me.”

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Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)
Location: 8th and F (in front of the Smithsonian Gallery of Art)

I was sitting on the steps talking to my friend on the phone when I noticed a car had pulled up to the curb in front of me and had their music playing very loudly. I glanced over annoyed because I couldn’t hear my friend on the phone and saw a man with his penis out masturbating while looking at me. I got up quickly and he drove away but I took down his license plate and reported him to the police.

Submitted 11/14/16 by “Clara”

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 in Chinatown: ” A Group of People on the Street Encircled Me for Protection”

"This Behavior Needs to Stop"Location: Chinatown, Washington, DC
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

It was the weekend of Aweseome Con, which is like a Comic Con, so my friend and I were both in costumes. I was Batgirl, and she was Catwoman. This one guy started harassing us right at Walgreens at 7th and H ST NW, and we were walking to Matchbox. He kept yelling “Batgirl and Catwoman, can I have a picture with you?” I told him “no,” and to go away.

I started digging in my purse for my pepper spray, and he then started charging at me saying I had a gun. So a group of people on the street encircled me for protection, which was so nice. We got in to Matchbox, and I called the dispatchers at DC on 911. The respondent didn’t care what happened and asked for no description. It’s getting bad; He was dangerous.

Submitted 6/10/15 by “Batgirl.”

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 in Chinatown: “We weren’t going to let these terrible people ruin our night!”

Street Harassed in Chinatown: "We weren't going to let these terrible people ruin our night."
Street Harassed in Chinatown: “We weren’t going to let these terrible people ruin our night.”

Location: H & 6th St NW (Chinatown)
Time: Late Night (12am-5am)

As my 3 friends and I walked three blocks to a Chinese restaurant coming from a club, we were continually street harassed. Almost every group of men we walked past called out at us or whistled. They said things like “are you guys hos in the making?” and asked “how much?” or just asked us if we were prostitutes.

Though we were drunk and laughed off the remarks at the time, they did make us feel a little less safe being around the area. We weren’t going to let these terrible people ruin our girls night, but wanted to share our story because we’re sure many other girls have had similar experiences and it isn’t fair.

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 10/19/13 by “LG, NB, SM, EW.”


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).

“Here’s the Onslaught of Street Harassment I Faced While Walking in DC”

Location: 6th and I St NW (Chinatown)
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

  • First comment yelled from a truck as I was crossing the street: “Hey there, Pretty Hair.”
  • Second comment yelled from a DIFFERENT motorist as I was crossing the SAME street: “You’re beautiful.”
  • Third comment from a man who broke from his conversation with three other men to comment: “I bet you get wild at night.” Then the his buddies, “yeah, that one looks tame now, but she’s the type to get wild when the sun goes down.” Then yells back to me (I’m already on the other side of the street), “Let that hair down, girl.”

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 9/18/13 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).

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