Harassed in the Rain: “Make it Nice and Wet for Me!”

"This Behavior Needs to Stop"Location: Mt. Olivet Rd. NE & Trinidad Ave. NE, Washington, DC
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

I was getting ready to jog home from the corner store. As I left the store, a man opened the door for me so I thanked him for the kind gesture. It had just started to rain so I started my jog home. He shouted after me: “Uh huh make it nice and wet for me!”

Submitted 6/20/15 by “MK.”

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“I Ignored A Street Harasser & Was Called A Bitch & Lesbian”

Location: Florida and 7th NE (Noma/Galludet)
Time:
 Night (7:30pm-12am)

I was walking down the street with a friend having a delightful and animated conversation when an older man yells from across the street yells, “Hey you with the twists.” My friend and I ignore him, and he continues to yell “Hey” trying to get my attention.

When he realizes that I have no intention of responding he begins yell obscenities, calling me a b***h and other slurs. Finally, he yells “What are you a lesbian or something? I don’t f**k with lesbian b***hes no way.” As if me being uninterested in him means I am uninterested in men in general. As if being a lesbian is bad thing. I try not to let these interactions bother me too much, but it’s hard when they happen so frequently. He certainly put a bit of a damper on my day.

Submitted 7/15/14 by “GG.”

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Street Harassed in NoMa: “The Next Thing I Knew, They Threw A Glass Bottle At My Feet.”

Street Harassed in NoMa: "The Next Thing I Knew, They Threw A Glass Bottle At My Feet."
Street Harassed in NoMa: “The Next Thing I Knew, They Threw A Glass Bottle At My Feet.”

Location: New York Avenue and 3rd St NW (Mt. Vernon/NoMa)
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

I was walking toward the Mount Vernon metro and walked past two males as they made comments about my body that I didn’t really try make out because I was so accustomed to them at that intersection by that point. I didn’t bother to even look in their direction, which must have enraged them because one yelled something my way as I crossed the intersection and the next thing I know a glass bottle shatters to the right of my feet. I didn’t want to give them any satisfaction so I kept walking as though nothing had occurred but I made sure to move far from that area later that month.

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 4/8/14 by “SH.”

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Hey Sweetheart

I was crossing the street when a man leaned out the window to yell at me. “Hey sweetheart. Hi sweetheart.” when I didn’t respond, he yelled “just say hi. Just look at me.” When I still didnt he screamed “fuck you” and drive off, but not before I heard him call me a bitch for not acknowledging him.

Location: 10th and Florida NE.

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

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“Look, I’m sure you’re nice and not creepy and all…”

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I was walking a friend’s dog while he was out of town when a guy on a bike stopped next to me and asked me a few questions about the dog, which made me wary, but all in all, was no big deal so I engaged him. Presh golden lab, by the way.

Then he switched into questions about where I lived (I gave a vague “around here”), my name (gave a fake one), and what I did. It would have been awkward for me to leave, because 1) the dog was um, doing it’s business; and 2) I wasn’t exactly going to run away with the dog. It was the middle of the day, moreover, and I had a dog with me, so I felt relatively safe, just creeped out.

Then the dude asked “Can we be friends?” I responded, “Um, I don’t normally make friends with people I don’t know.” He gave me some crap about “But we could get to know each other and be friends!” I told him that no, I wasn’t interested in “being his friend,” nor was I going to give him my number, as he had requested.

He looked positively insulted that I wouldn’t give him my number or agree to be friends with him, and asked why not.

I thought about giving him some b.s. reason (e.g., “I have a boyfriend,”) but I figured that after years of street harassment and being cornered by “polite” men on the street who apparently don’t care or don’t know that they’re intimidating, honesty was the best policy.

I told him “Look, I’m sure you’re nice and not creepy and all, but lots of creepy men have approached me on the street in the past, and I don’t KNOW that you aren’t creepy or a rapist. I’m not saying you ARE, but I’m just saying I DON’T KNOW. So, maybe you should stay stuff to guys you see hollering at women on the street, because the less of that shit that happens, the more apt you are to be able to approach women in public without them immediately getting their guard up.”

He looked like he had never previously considered this possibility.

Blowing his mind felt nice.

Submitted by anonymous on 7/19/2011

Location: NY Ave area subdivisions

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

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