Racialized Street Harassment: “I’m Not Your ‘China Doll!'”

Location: Eastern Market, 8th and SE Pennyslvania
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

So street harassment is not a new thing in urban culture and urban dwellings. I, along with my coworkers get harassed on a daily basis just walking from the office to grab lunch 2 blocks away – and the easy thing is to just ignore it since it will not stop, and the police have done nothing to curtail the issue. The Eastern Market is a bustling area full of working professionals in office clothes, and then the rift raft that stand outside store fronts all day, every day either pan-handling or verbally assaulting women. I have been followed by a man yelling “hey baby hey baby hey!” just going to the market.

On my 2-block walk to grab lunch, yesterday, I was harassed 4 times in a 3 minute span, one after the other. These events always happen in BROAD DAYLIGHT with plenty of people around in the restaurant district of Eastern Market, indicating the absolute misogyny and disrespect urban culture promotes. However, the 4th man to harass me that day took the cake and that was when I freaked out and started yelling. Sexist misogynistic comments is one thing, but the last man decided to add an element of RACISM to it, and thought it would be ok to call me “shrimp fried rice.” I have also been called “china doll.”

Submitted 9/13/14 by “Anonymous.”

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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.

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Street Harassed at the Bus Stop: “I’m not your ‘big momma!'”

Location: Pennsylvania Ave & 8th St SE (Eastern Market)
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

On the way to a dinner meeting for work, a man approaches me who is also waiting for the bus. I didn’t know how to reply to his “Hi, big momma.” I think I said, “….hi” and anxiously awaiting for the bus to arrive.

Submitted 10/1/13 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).

“I put my head down, broke eye contact & hurried my pace”

Location: 12th & D Street SE
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

I was literally just walking back from the CVS when I thought I heard someone call my name so I turned around. I then saw that the “holla” was coming from a guy in a car who was driving slowing behind me. And now that he realized he had my attention he rolled up next to me as I continued to walk and began making “kissy noises” and saying that I was “hot” and should “show him a good time.” I immediately realized my mistake, and quickly put my head down, broke eye contact, and hurried my pace. After less than a minute of ignoring my harasser he finally sped off and left me alone. I hate that as a woman I need to deal with this bullshit on a regular basis.


Submitted on 7/13/12 by Anonymous

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Please consider reporting to Metro Transit Police; www.wmata.com/harassment, on Twitter at @WMATAharassment, or 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.

Even In Front of My Children

I was taking my children to lunch when an older man on a mobility scooter (yeah) rode along side us, remarking about my looks.

I told him how inappropriate it was for him to say those things, particularly in front of my children and luckily, he got the point and rolled away.

My 8 year old son asked me if he said those things because he didn’t know I was married. I told him it didn’t matter, as it was disrespectful and rude (and inappropriate). My son then said, “I don’t understand. Even if you weren’t married, why would you want to marry him?”

EXACTLY

Submitted by SPM

Location: 8th and Pennsylvania Ave, SE

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

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“Look at the pretty twins.”

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A few weeks ago, my coworker and I were walking in Eastern Market to get something to eat when I guy yelled, “hey pretty girls”, “look at the the pretty twins”.   We look nothing alike but both have blond hair so I guess in his eyes, we were twins.  Neither one of us felt like dealing with it so we just kept walking.

Submitted by anonymous on 9/22/2010

Location: near the Eastern Market Metro

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

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