“I Was Sexually Assaulted at Whole Foods”

Location: Staircase exit at the Tenleytown Whole Foods
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

I was leaving Whole Foods, and a man said hello to me. He looked about 30 years old, and I am 17. I said hi and kept walking, and he ran after me saying he wanted to talk to me and got really close to me. I was already in the narrow staircase so I tried to move into a more open area because he had the intention of following me to wherever I was going, but it didn’t work. He kept getting close and closer, telling me I was beautiful and he wanted to get to know me.

He went to hug me and I couldn’t move away fast enough, and he grabbed my butt. I hit his hand away and ran as fast as I could. It was terrifying, I felt powerless and it was so hard to convince myself it was not my fault. To be clear, IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT I WAS WEARING, but to prove it, I was wearing dress pants and a crew neck sweater, I had just come back from church.

Submitted 10/8/14 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).

Street Harassed While Walking in Tenleytown

Location: Garfield & Mass Ave NW (Tenleytown)
Time:  Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

I was walking from my apartment building on the corner of Garfield and Mass Ave to my car, which was right around the corner. Some jerk at the stoplight started yelling the most obscene things at me. It takes a lot to shake me up, and I have been street harassed before, but this time it was different. It was disgusting and horrible.

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 6/21/13 by “CF.”


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).

Sexually harassed at Tenleytown bus stop

Location: Bus stop for the 31/32/34 buses; Wisconsin Ave at Tenleytown Circle
Time: Morning Rush Hour (5am-9:30am)

I was walking past a bunch of commuters on my way down Wisconsin Avenue around 8:30 AM, and a man standing next to the busstop (sic) caught my attention by saying, “Hey lady!” When I looked over, he continued, “I’d love to make love to you in the bushes over there, what do you say?” I turned away from him and kept walking, but he continued to shout “what do you say? what do you say? what do you say?” until he either stopped, or I could no longer hear him.

There were several other men standing at the bustop (sic) when the incident occurred, and I’ve continued to wonder what was said, if anything, to the man harassing me after I’d passed by. Did a brave soul tell him to stop, as I wished I had been able to do? Or did they stay silent, as I did? Either way, it was a crappy way to start the day.

Submitted on 1/25/13 by Anonymous

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:
Please consider reporting to Metro Transit Police: www.wmata.com/harassment; 202-962-2121.

Lunged at While Running

I am a student at American University, and one afternoon, I was running with some friends on Wisconsin Avenue NW. In-between Veazey Street NW and Van Ness Street NW, a man walking by lunged at me, and seemed to try to grab me around the hips with his arms. I quickly jumped away from him, and we kept running, while my friend shouted back at him something along the lines of, “You’re a creep.” On our way back, once we turned around, we switched to the sidewalk on the opposite side of the street. My friends and I would run here three or four times a week and nothing had ever happened. I had never, ever felt unsafe in this area before, and what shocked me the most about this experience is that there were four or five men in suits in the immediate vicinity who merely watched what happened and did absolutely nothing.

Submitted JM on 7/14/2011

Location: Wisconsin Avenue & Veazey Street NW

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

Do you have a personal experience with gender-based public sexual harassment or assault you would like to submit? Just click here and fill out the online submission form. All submissions are posted anonymously unless you specify.

The Loner In The Back of The Bus

I got on the N2 in Tenleytown this morning, which was full of women, some children, and a lone man at the back of the bus. A woman got off the bus about halfway down Nebraska Ave, and as she stood up to get off, the man started shouting, “WOO, THAT’S A NICE ASS! LOOK AT THAT ASS!

Submitted by AB on 6/15/2010

Location: N2 Bus on Nebraska Ave NW

Time Of  Harassment: Morning Rush Hour (5A-9:30A)

Do you have a personal experience with gender-based public sexual harassment or assault you would like to submit? Just click here and fill out the online submission form. All submissions are posted anonymously unless you specify.

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