“It took weeks for me to feel safe walking around my neighborhood.”

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Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

A guy muttered something under his breath as he walked passed me on the street. It turned out we lived in the same building, but he accused me of not living there when I walked in behind him. He called me a “cunt” when I told him I did live there. I immediately told the guard and complained to our building management. Everyone was supportive, but it took weeks for me to feel safe walking in/out of my building and around my neighborhood.

Submitted 9/26/16 by “MRB”

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).

“Hey baby, why don’t you stop and talk to me.”

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Location: 17th and Mt Pleasant St NW
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

I smiled at an older man on the sidewalk and he said “Hey baby, why don’t you stop and talk to me.” I just kept walking away (quickly) and he shouted “asshole!”

Submitted 6/29/16

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).

Street Harassed in Mt. Pleasant: “My Body Does Not Exist for Your Public Commentary!”

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My Body Does Not Exist for Your Public Commentary!

Location: Mt. Pleasant St & Kenyon St NW (Mt. Pleasant)
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

I was walking home from yoga class on Sunday evening and talking to my mom on the phone when a man on a bike slowed down, looked me in the eye, and said, “camel toe.” I screamed that he was a “disgusting pig” for about 30 seconds as he rode away. My top covered my thighs, so he was just speculating. My mom was terrified and wouldn’t let me get off the phone until I was safely inside my apartment.

Submitted 8/4/14 by Anonymous,

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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).

“I Yelled Back At Street Harassment For The First Time, And It Felt Empowering.”

Location: 16th and Irving St NW, near the Columbia Heights metro
Time: Night (7:30pm-12am)

Coming home from a Monday night dance class around 11pm, I was walking towards Mt Pleasant from the Col Heights metro when I noticed a few guys catcalling every woman they walked passed. Just leering and creepily yelling “Hey gorgeous!” and when they finally got to me, I actually yelled back. For the first time.

Spurred by a recent article I had read (in all places, Cosmo), and secure in the amount of people nearby in case the guys tried to physically harm me in any way, I simply yelled “no one likes that!” The guys seemed a little surprised but mostly brushed me off with a “pssh” and kept walking, but it still felt good to use my voice and not remain silent as I have so many dozens of other times.

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Feeling empowered: “It felt good to use my voice and not remain silent as I have so many dozens of other times.”

Then this morning, I was walking across Mt Pleasant street around 9am to go to work, when a man leeringly gawked at me and started muttering “pretty” while staring at me up and down. I kept walking past but then turned, saw him still gawking, and yelled “STOP it”. He quickly scurried around the corner. It also felt empowering.

Please note that both times, I felt comfortable in my surroundings to yell back, however if the street had been more abandoned, I likely would have just continued on my way in an attempt to not cause trouble that may lead to my physical harm.

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 7/9/13 by “Beth P.”


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).

“All The Stories Submitted to CASS Inspired Me To Confront Street Harassment!”

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Location: Mt. Pleasant Street and Park Road NW
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

Street harassment is not a compliment!
Street harassment is not a compliment! Image via http://wechalkwalk.tumblr.com/

Seeing CASS’s posts in my Facebook feed recently has made me more aware of street harassment and more emboldened to respond. Several days ago, two young men were walking behind me, talking generally about the rear ends of women of a certain race (my race).

After listening for a bit, I had a sense that their conversation was directed at me and that they intended for me to hear. So I stopped, turned to them, and waited until they caught up to me. “That’s completely unacceptable. You can’t talk about women’s bodies that way,” I told them firmly. Although they protested that they weren’t talking about me, I repeated “that’s not okay” a few times (and couldn’t think of anything better to say).

After ten seconds or so, one apologized. I told him I appreciated the apology and would appreciate his not talking about women that way again. We parted ways.

After this exchange, I felt great. Although I hadn’t said anything brilliant, I protested, and that seemed to be enough. (And bonus points: I hadn’t angrily cursed or insulted them, which is often my instinct.)

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 5/10/13 by “AM”


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).

 

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