“He Had Been Waiting There”: Leering in Arlington

Location: S Eads St. & S Glebe St., Arlington, VA
Time:  Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

I noticed a red SUV drive past me and approach the intersection ahead. He got in the lane to make a right turn, but then stopped, even though no cars were coming. I stopped paying attention. Roughly two minutes later, I reached the intersection and noticed he was still there. He finally started to drive off but as he did, he yelled out the window at me and was leering. I realized he had been waiting there for me to catch up to him. I flipped him off, but that did not deter him. Then I remembered about five minutes sooner up the road a red SUV had honked at me as it drove past, and I could see the guy staring at me. I now wonder if it was the same person, and he had went around the block to see me again. Totally freaked me out.

Submitted 1/10/16 by “A.S.”

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Street Harassed By A Car Full of Men Near the Ballston Metro: “I Just Wanted To Get Home”

Street Harassed By A Car Full of Men Near the Ballston Metro: "I Just Wanted To Get Home"
Street Harassed By A Car Full of Men Near the Ballston Metro: “I Just Wanted To Get Home”

Location: Ballston/Virginia Square area (Virginia)
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

Walking home from the metro and a car full of guys pulls out of a parking garage. Driver leans out the window and says “baby you’re GORGEOUS.” I roll my eyes (under sunglasses) and just keep walking. Car proceeds to pull out, then slowly pull into the parking lot adjacent and another dude yells out “fire crotch!” and the whole car is clicking their tongues at me while I have no choice but to just walk past and pretend nothing is happening so I can go home.

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 4/22/14 by Anonymous.

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“I’ve Been Afraid To Be Alone At The Metro At Night Ever Since.”

Location: Vienna Metro Orange Line
Time: Night (7:30pm-12am)

When I was 17 and waiting for my brother to pick me up a man sat down next to me. I nodded at him and he started speaking to me and reached for my crotch. [I] ran very fast into the metro and have been fearful to be alone at a metro at night walking to my car ever since.

Submitted 2/26/14 by “CY.”

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Street Harassed in Tyson’s Corner: “His Tone Seemed Threatening & Creeped The Hell Out Of Me.”

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Street Harassed in Tyson’s Corner: “His Tone Seemed Threatening & Creeped The Hell Out Of Me.”

Location: International Drive & Leesburg Pike (Tyson’s Corner), Virginia
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

I was walking from an office building to a nearby strip mall in search of lunch, and a man who didn’t look homeless but was begging for money was in the strip mall parking lot. He approached me and asked for money, and I said no, I’m sorry, then he walked up to another woman who also shot him down. He then walked back toward me and said that we were some good-looking women and that we should put on short skirts, go to work for him, and make some real money. His tone seemed threatening and creeped the hell out of me, and I ducked into the nearest restaurant (Finnegan’s Pride) until he’d left the parking lot. I don’t spend much time in Tyson’s Corner, but it seems rare that you encounter anyone on foot in that area, so I was caught off-guard from the get-go.

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 12/2/13 by “E.”

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Street Harassed in Virginia: “Don’t talk to me like that!”

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Location: N Lynn Street & Route 29 (Arlington, VA)
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

As I walked onto the sidewalk, a man holding up a sign begging for money from cars at the stop light started yelling at me to lift up my skirt so he could “lick my pussy”. I turned around and started yelling at him “Don’t talk to me like that! Don’t talk to women like that!”

He then said he “wasn’t talking to me” even though there were no other women around. I turned around and walked away. I’m about ready to go stand next to him holding a sign telling everyone what a creep he is.

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 8/28/13 by Anonymous.


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