“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”

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“I deserve to take up space in public without being sexually assaulted.”

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Location: 7th and Pennsylvania NW
Time: Morning Rush Hour (5am-9:30am)

A guy next to me on the bus this morning was masturbating. Didn’t realize it until he got up to leave the bus and “fell” over so his crotch pushed up against my arm. I could feel his genitals through the fabric of his jeans, and his hand was way down his pants. He leered at me as he said “excuse me” and exited the bus. I was in such shock I just sat there and didn’t know what to do. A woman across from me I think saw what happened–she had a look of horror on her face, but she wouldn’t make eye contact with me afterward. Just covered her face with her hat and looked down the rest of the bus ride. That part made me even more upset–that this man taking advantage of me was also triggering for another woman. The impact of these type of assaults spreads further than we can know. I am so f’ing sick of this just being another Tuesday as a woman in public spaces. I will not just avoid being in public because men feel entitled to my body simply for existing in the world. I won’t stay home to avoid dealing with this bullshit–I deserve to take up space in public without being sexually assaulted on my way to work. This kind of crap has to stop. I’m pissed off, and you should be too. I donated to CASS this morning because this work is too important to not support.

Submitted 7/5/16

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).

“I Don’t Want to Be Offered Rides, Hit On, Or Ogled!”

Location: I & 13th NW, 1st & D, Judiciary Square
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

Last Monday (9/15), I went to do an on-foot delivery for work. First, as I waited to cross the street at 13th & I Streets NW, a cab driver passed me and pointed to his cab as if he was offering me a ride. I said “No” and continued to wait for the light. Second, I took a different path than usual to switch up my routine.

On 1st and D, some men were taking up space on the street and exchanging money. My options were to walk through them, walk behind the guy with his back towards the bushes, or walk behind the guy with his back towards the curb. The most open option was to walk behind the guy nearest the curb. As I do this, he says, “How are you doing young lady?” while looking me up and down. I do not want to engage him so I continued walking. He says, “I’ll see you when you come back, baby!” I continue walking, continuing to not engage or encourage him.

Lastly, after leaving my delivery destination at Judiciary Square, a man would not stop staring and smiling at me. It was annoying. I gave him eye contact and said “No,” but it didn’t discourage him. “I saw you from afar,” he says, “and I wondered if you had a tattoo.” I assume he thinks my patterned leggings are tattooed legs. He’s got this creepy grin on his face the whole time. I replied with a brusque “No, I don’t” and kept walking. “Have a nice day!” he says. I don’t reply.

I said aloud to myself, “These men are so ridiculous!” I was not trying to be offered rides, hit on, or ogled. I have a job to do for work, and that was the only thing on my mind. These men need to learn how to leave women alone.

Submitted 9/23/14 by “D.”

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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).

“Get away from me, and leave me alone.”

As usual, the escalator into the Judiciary Square metro station was out, and I had to walk down the steps into the station. I was wearing very high heels, and the handrail was too hot to touch, so I was walking very carefully.

As I neared the bottom, a man passed me and said something to me. I was concentrating so hard on walking down the steps that I didn’t hear him, but when I looked up, I noticed him waiting at the bottom, and staring up at me. I immediately froze (about 5 steps from the bottom), and said: “Get away from me, and leave me alone.” He immediately responded “Bitch, I was just offering to help you down the steps,” and proceeded to launch into a tirade of profanities and threats. As we walked into the station, me a distance behind, he continued to turn around and yell at me. I was so rattled, and shaken, I was relieved to see him head toward the opposite platform than the direction I was going.

Maybe my initial reaction, having not heard his offer of ‘assistance,’ was a bit harsh, but when you’re harassed every single day, you become a bit defensive. No, I don’t need your help, and your reaction to my defensiveness confirms that you weren’t really interested in helping me anyway. A simple, “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to bother you,” would have sufficed. I really didn’t need the string of “F*** you, you stupid bitch”s that came after.

Submitted by Jenn on 7/22/2011

Location: Red line, Judiciary Square

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

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Creep on the Escalator

I was walking down the escalators into the metro station, and I was holding my skirt so that it wouldn’t blow up in the wind. As I walked on the left, I passed a man who leaned over, placed his hand on the arm that was holding my skirt, and said “just let it go.” I yelled “EXCUSE ME” loud enough so that the people around me could hear, and hurried down the steps. It happened so fast, but I wish I had said something less polite to him.

Submitted by Jenn

Location: Judiciary Square escalators at 4th St

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

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