“Hey Sir, Your Street Harassment ISN’T A Compliment!”

"Hey Sir, Your Street Harassment ISN'T A Compliment."
“Hey Sir, Your Street Harassment ISN’T A Compliment.”

Location: Prince George’s Plaza Metro (MD); waiting for the R4 to Brookland
Time: Morning Rush Hour (5am-9:30am)

March 21, 2014: I wrote a Facebook post about my experience that day and it didn’t make me feel any better, but it did shed light on Street Harassment:

“To the jackass who proceeded to insult me as he hopped on the bus because I had no problem telling him that his “compliment” about me “looking delicious today” was in fact not a compliment at all… you sir are the reason why women get attitudes and roll their eyes at you when they notice you undressing them with your eyes. ‪#‎JustSoYouKnow‬ ‪#‎StopStreetHarassment‬:

Submitted 5/20/14 by “LaTierra Shauntel Piphus.”

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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. 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).

Harassed by Public Masturbator on the Green Line in College Park: What else could I have done?

Location: College Park Metro (Maryland)
Time:  Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

Harassed by Public Masturbator on the Green Line in College Park: What else could I have done?
Harassed by Public Masturbator on the Green Line in College Park: What else could I have done?

I got on the second to last car at the College Park metro stop last Friday evening. A guy (young- late teens or early 20’s and dressed well) either got on after me or moved so that he was directly in front of me (the seats that face each other around the doors.) No one else was in the car. I was reading and didn’t notice what was going on for a bit, but then he say “hey” to get my attention and I realized he had his pants were pulled down and he was masturbating.

I was pretty terrified but had sunglasses on so kept on pretending to reading and ignored him because I knew there was no one else in the car and I didn’t know what to do. He put everything away by the next stop and more people got on but I was so uncomfortable and shocked I just stayed put and ignored him. He kept staring at me and other women who had gotten on the train. I had to get off at Ft. Totten and I didn’t want him to think I was scared of him, so I exited the door right by him and under his breath he was mumbling “spread your legs” over and over again. He didn’t follow me.

I was too overwhelmed and angry to call the cops right away or take a picture. I just wanted to forget about what happened. But I had nightmares all Friday night and after talking to friends decided it would be best to report it to the metro transit police. They were extremely prompt in taking my statement and told me what happened to me is a crime.

I will not be getting into train cars by myself anymore especially because I have to travel this way home everyday. It also made me jumpy about most guys, since this was never someone I would have been afraid of. What kills me is I have thought through these situations. Should I stay silent, move away? Hit the intercom button? Take a picture? I was afraid he would escalate the situation if I did anything so that is why I tried to just ignore him. What is the opposite of how he wants me to react? I was in a dark tunnel with just me and this guy.

What should I have done? I’m still not sure. However one thing is for sure- next time I will report it immediately to the transit police. And there will be a next time- this is the third time in my life a stranger has masturbated in my view, but it was the first time I couldn’t walk away from it.

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 6/18/13 by “S.”


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).

What gives you the right to comment on my body?

I was walking home from class when a car in a nearby parking lot started moving towards the road. Since the car would have hit me if one of us didn’t stop, I glanced over at the car to make sure it had seen me. Unfortunately, the eye contact was apparently enough to convince the two men inside I was interested. The passenger-side guy whistled and made catcalls, while the driver grinned and inched the car up closer to me. I walked by as if I hadn’t seen them.

A moment later, the car pulled out of the driveway and followed me down the road, slowing to match my walking speed. After some time, the passenger side guy leaned out of the open window and said “Hey, you’re beautiful!” At this point I was angry (What gives you the right to comment on my body? What makes you think I would find you or your behavior attractive, you grimy construction worker?) but also a little scared. I was on foot and they were in a car, and showed no signs of driving off. I gave the harasser the most contemptuous glance I could muster and just said “Fuck off!” The two men both started laughing uproariously and sped off.

“You’re beautiful” may sound less offensive to a street harasser than “Blow me!” or “Nice ass!” But to the person being whistled and leered at (not to mention followed..!), the words are irrelevant to the tone of the interaction–which was condescending, invasive, disgusting and rude.

Submitted by Anoymous on 6/30/2010

Location: Route 1 and Berwyn Road

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

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Two Guys in a Car

I was waiting to cross the street at the cross walk. There was a car coming so I decided to let them pass but they slowed down… not to let me cross but stopped right in the middle of the cross walk, blocking it. Two guys in a car started whistling at and waving at me. It was as if they thought I had stopped to talk to them. “NO I’m here to cross the street and NOW you’re in my WAY! MOVE!”

Submitted by sunnyside on 5/14/2010

Location: Rhode Island ave at 52nd ave: College Park

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