As I walked by a parked car, I realized he was inside masturbating, looking at me.

Location:16th and Spring NW
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

Around 9:30 on a Saturday morning I was walking down 16th Street with my small son when I noticed a man in a parked car looking at me, as I walked by the car I saw that he was masturbating. I was disgusted and shocked and kept walking. By the time I realized I should report it I also realized I had no idea how to describe the car beyond “dark sedan” or the exact location. I wish I had been able to get a license plate or something.

Submitted 6/6/17 by “KG”

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).

Bystander Intervention Training in Action

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Time: Night (7:30pm-12am)
Location: Petworth

I was walking home and heard sobbing and shouting from across the street. As I crossed, I saw a man holding a woman around her waist and pulling her down the block. I sped up until I was a little behind them and decided to intervene by asking ‘Hey, are you okay?’ as I learned in the CASS training.

The woman was crying very hard and didn’t answer me but her abuser let her go and came to yell at me. He called me a bitch and I backed up some and told him that he didn’t need to speak to me like that, I was just asking if she was okay.

As he was heading back to the woman, a police car came around the corner and parked near the couple. The officers got out and separated the couple, arresting him. Someone else had seen and called 911.

I went to speak to the woman and we sat down on a bench. She was in shock and panicking, we sat down and I introduced myself. We did some breathing exercises together to help her regain calm. I offered to stay with her until the police were done, she said yes so I did and we talked until she said was feeling more in control and able to head home.

I’m thankful that CASS helped prepare me to best support her.

Submitted 1/7/17 by “KS”

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).

“You can’t do that, man. That’s disrespectful.”

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Time:  Night (7:30pm-12am)
Location: George Ave NW & Quebec Pl NW

As my friends and I were walking back towards the party we were attending and two middle aged men were standing in the sidewalk taking up most of the space. I didn’t feel like making a deal out of it, so the three of us moved to walk behind one of the gentlemen between the wall and his backside.

As my friend ahead of me passed, he reached his hand around and grabbed her thigh and then reached to grab my other friend. We were in shock, moved quickly out of his grasp and all were disgusted and shakened.

The other man he was standing with looked at us, looked at his friend and immediately said “You can’t do that, man. That’s disrespectful. You can’t do that.”

The two started to argue with each other and my friends and I hurried off. I yelled “Yeah, Thank you!” to the friend but really didn’t want to stick around for the argument or get followed down the quiet residential street we had turned on. My friend was shaken, we were pissed and yet we had to walk back into a party like nothing happened.

I’m thankful for a bystander who said something, but I’m also disturbed that someone put a hand on my friend.

She’s undocumented and fears ever reporting harassment. I don’t blame her. It left us feeling violated, miserable and alone.

Submitted 11/10/16 by “Kate”

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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).

Followed By Car in Petworth: “Get in, Baby.”

Location: Petworth, Washington, DC
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

After work I decided to go for a brisk walk. It was broad daylight. I was walking down 9th Street when a car pulled up. The man rolled down the windows and was trying to coax me into the car with him. I could hardly hear what he was saying, but it was something along the lines of “get in, baby.” I ignored him, and he continued to follow me in his car. Finally I saw a man and his pregnant wife walking. I started screaming and making a scene. I screamed “GO AWAY!” at the man in the car repeatedly. He did not react other than to smirk until the couple came over and offered to walk with me until I felt safe.

Submitted 9/15/15 by “Anonymous”

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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).

It “Makes Me Absolutely Hate Living in DC”: Catcalling Group in Petworth

Location: Georgia Avenue/Petworth, Washington, DC
Time:  Night (7:30pm-12am)

There is a group of men who constantly hang out on the block of 9th St and Upshur Street NW, near the post office. Nearly every single time I walk near that block or one block over on Georgia Avenue, I am catcalled. I live on 9th street, and that area is nearly impossible to avoid, as it is on the way to the Metro.

This seriously has happened to me nearly EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. since I moved to Petworth a year ago. It is the worst in the summer, and in the middle of the day, when not as many people are about, but it happens all the time, morning, midday, rush hour, etc.

I have confronted many of the men about their behavior and asked them not to talk to women on the street like that, which they just seem to either 1) find amusing or 2) get defensive about the “compliment” they’ve given me or 3) call me a bitch.

It is becoming increasingly difficult to deal with, giving me extremely aggressive feelings, and makes me ABSOLUTELY HATE living in DC.

Submitted 8/25/15 by “CL”

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).

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