Street Harassed in Northeast: “I Just Wanted to Get Home Safely.”

Street Harassed in Northeast: "Thankfully, He Stopped Trying to Follow Me."
Street Harassed in Northeast: “Thankfully, He Stopped Trying to Follow Me.”

Location: Michigan Park, South Dakota Ave NE (Fort Totten)
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

While walking home from McDonald’s, I was about to turn the corner onto my street when I heard a bike coming up on the sidewalk behind me. I assumed it’d go past, but the guy on it slowed down to follow me and bother me with the usual what’s your name, do you have a boyfriend, etc.

When I kept walking and said I don’t want to talk about that, he replied “oh, yes you do,” and continued to ride his bike slowly in front of me. I said dude I’m just trying to go home and eat dinner I don’t want to talk to you, but he kept bothering me so I just said BYE. Not getting the hint and now riding too close on his bike I waved “bye” and said it louder. He then started to wander off but while saying I have “issues” and am “crazy”.

Submitted 6/13/14 by “LP.”

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Street harassed at Fort Totten: “Sexual harassment does NOT do me any favors!”

Location: Fort Totten Metro Station – Green/Yellow Line
Time: Night (7:30pm-12am)

As I was walking down the metro platform (after leaving training for volunteering at a rape crisis center no less), a man felt the need to tell me he was going to “eat my pussy” and that he was sure I “must be very wet.

When I kept on walking without acknowledging him, he began to assure his friends that it “must be really sour” and that he would be doing me a favor.

I’m still shaken up, and really angry that I didn’t do anything about it except continue on walking.

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 5/7/13 by “nmd”


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).

 

Metro conductor follows through with report of sexual harassment on train!

Location:  Ft. Totten & Green Line (Metro)
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

This occurred about a year ago, but I do want to give credit to good Metro employees. A young man got on my green line train at Ft Totten. He started aggressively flirting with/harassing the young women on the train (sitting very close, talking dirty). At the next stop I moved up to the first car and told the conductor. He asked for the man’s description and location and said he would call it in. When the train pulled into the next stop, PG Plaza, the conductor announced something like “Transit Police car 2” (I don’t remember the exact words). I don’t know if he was just trying to scare the creep, but he did get off the train.

Submitted on 1/8/13 by Anonymous

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Submit your story to help raise awareness about the pervasiveness and harmful effects of street harassment. All submissions are posted anonymously unless otherwise specified.

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Repeat Metro Harasser

posted in: Fort Totten, WMATA | 2

I recently started taking the Metro to work. There’s a guy who hands out the Metro papers near the entrance. There’s a long approach to the gates, so he has a long time to talk, if he wants.

Usually, he says good morning, I say good morning. He offers me a paper, I say no thanks and he says “Have a blessed day” as I walk into the station. On Friday, I could have sworn he whispered “sexy, sexy” after that.

I wasn’t sure, so I didn’t say anything. But it bothered me all weekend, so today, when he did it again, I stopped, turned around and walked back. And I said “I hear you talking about women under your breath, they don’t appreciate it and I don’t appreciate it.” He objected, saying “who do you hear me talking about?” Since I didn’t want to be called a fat bitch, I didn’t say it was me, I just said please stop.

I feel better having said something today. But I’m going to have to walk past this man every morning. So what’s he going to say tomorrow?

Submitted by anonymous on 3/21/2011

Location: Fort Totten Metro Stop

Time of harassment: Morning Rush Hour (5A-9:30A)

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Escalator Creep

posted in: Fort Totten | 1

It was windy and I was wearing a skirt. It wasn’t that short, but it was loose, so as I walked, I kept my hands at my sides so that it wouldn’t fly up. I got on the up escalator to get on the red line, still with my hands somewhat firmly at my sides. A man came up behind me on the escalator and leaned his face into my neck real close to my ear and said, “You can take your hands off your skirt now.”

I spun around and gave him a mean look and ran up the escalator and down the platform where I hid behind a pillar until the train came.

Submitted by Anonymous on 7/19/2010

Location: Fort Totten metro station escalator

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

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