“I Wish These Men Would Keep Their Ignorant Thoughts to Themselves.”

Location: Wiseguys Pizza (4th & H Streets NW) and McPherson Square
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

I have two stories to share. Last Monday, October 20th, I was walking to Walmart during my lunch break, and a man was sitting outside of Wiseguys at 4th and H Streets NW. He started staring at me as if he’d never seen a woman before and I knew he was going to say something. I was correct. When these men telegraph what they’re going to do, I can think about what action I’ll take. “Hey, sexy girl,” the man said. I chose to keep walking and not engage him. He said “Sexy girl!” to me two more times. I did not acknowledge his presence and I kept walking.

And last Wednesday, while waiting for a bus home after work at McPherson Square, a man said to me, “God bless your ass! I’ll call your ass!” Having my ass blessed by a random man on the street is a new one.

I wish these men would keep their ignorant thoughts to themselves.

Submitted 10/27/14 by “D.”

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Unfair Much? “I Was Turned Down for a Job Because I Talked Back to a Street Harasser”

Location: 1121 14th Street, NW (Thomas Circle/McPherson)
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

I was near my appointment time for an interview at CoStar, located at 1331 L St. NW, Washington, DC. A block away from the location, I walked in the wrong direction going north on 14th St NW. Unknown to me I passed a group of men in various work uniforms. One was a FedEx uniform. As I passed, I heard them mumbling in low tones and remarking that “I was pretty” and some laughter followed. I ignored them in order to stay focused on my interview.

I turned around when I realized I had gone in the wrong direction, and as I passed the group of men again I heard someone say, “Ma’am, do you need directions?” in a tone that echoed sexually harassing comments I had heard before. I kept walking. Then someone from the group said, “You’re not that pretty anyway.” I then turned to the group and flipped my middle finger at them. They backed off and I went to my interview at CoStar. This interview came through an employment agency. Despite the harassing incident, I had a good interview with CoStar.

I reported my interview experience to the employment agency and the agency found me to be a favorable candidate for this position. About an hour later, I received a call from the employment agency telling me that I was removed from consideration of this position because CoStar’s FedEx delivery person saw me at the interview. He reported that I flipped him off in response to his offensive remarks. I was told by the agency that although I would not be hired for the position I interviewed for, I would still be considered for other positions after checking the comfort level of her employees, though she implied that that comfort level would be low, leading me to believe that I would not receive future work from this agency.

Submitted 8/21/14 by “LMC.”

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Street Harassed by McPherson Square: “Women Don’t Like to be Spoken to Like That!”

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Street Harassment by McPherson Square: “Women Don’t Like to be Spoken to Like That!”

Location: 14th & I St NW (McPherson)
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

It was almost dusk, and I was walking towards the metro at McPherson along Franklin Square Park to meet my friend. As I looked down at my phone to text my friend know that I was almost there, a man was walking in the opposite direction past me. I didn’t think anything of him until, as he was nearing me, he moved his body in towards me as we passed and loudly stated, “goddamn girl, you’re fine.”

The invasion of my personal space, both physical and energetic, scared me so much that all I could exclaim was “god dammit” in surprise. As I walked down into the metro, angry and frustrated, I thought of all the articles and videos I’ve seen of late (Ed. note: CASS’s board member, Jen Corey, was recently featured in this viral anti-street harassment video by Vocativ), where women confront men like this. The line I always admire is “women don’t like to be spoken to like that.” I always want to be able to say that, but sometimes you’re so taken aback by the unwelcome and inappropriate attention that you become flustered like I did. I’ll never forget the man who was sitting on a bench at the edge of the park who heard my exclamation, and laughed. It wasn’t funny.

Submitted 8/3/14 by “Caitlin.”

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“I’m going to report you.” BAM.

Location: McPherson Sq, K Street side
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

I was walking down K Street toward Farragut Square and in front of McPherson Sq, a tow truck driver made kissing noises at me while I was walking. When I stopped and took a picture of the tow truck he said “should I smile?” and I said “I’m going to report you.” Another man on the sidewalk started laughing.

The tow truck’s information is DCATF (DC Auto, Truck and Fleet Repair), 1110 U St SE, DC 2002 (the zip code is likely 20002, but if you’re the kind of idiot who thinks it’s okay to harrass women on the street, you probably don’t know that zip codes have five numbers). The DC# is 4924 and the USDOT# is 1929239. I was furious after this–I just wanted to go home peacefully, not have to deal with some jackass harrassing (sic) me.

Submitted on 10/26/12 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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“Honey”

A man on a bicycle rode by and told me “I should put that on his mustache, honey.” The “honey”, I guess, was to make the previous comment less crude.

Submitted by anonymous on 8/12/2011

Location: I St NW and 15th

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

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