“Street Harassed While Walking With My Girlfriend”

Location: 1st and Massachusetts Ave NE DC (Union Station)
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

I was walking with my girlfriend out of the 1st St exit of Union Station Monday, around 4:30-5:00pm. As we were nearing the crosswalk, what sounded like a female voice from behind yelled out, “Let met get your girlfriend’s number!” I ignored it, because I didn’t think they were yelling at us. My girlfriend locked arms with mine as she felt uncomfortable, and then the same voice yelled, “Oh, she’s gonna run to her boyfriend now. Protect me, baby!” Then I heard her and others around laughing.

I didn’t know what to do, but just knew I wanted to get ourselves away from the person. I didn’t turn to look at them because I did not want to give them the power or satisfaction that we acknowledged their comments. As we were walking away, I heard the same voice yell, “Bitch!” and then muttered something about being racist, followed by other incomprehensible things, followed by more laughter.

A huge part of me wanted to turn and confront the individual about why their comments are unwarranted, but didn’t want to put my girlfriend in danger. It made me so angry that this person could make another human being feel threatened, then make fun of that same person for wanting to feel protected, then say another derogatory thing and blame us for being racist.

It’s not about race, it’s about feeling safe. It comes to show that it’s not just men that women have to be worried about, but other women that initiate this kind of harassment as well.

Submitted 1/20/14 by “John.”

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).

“Sorry, But I Don’t Think God Would Approve of Your Street Harassment!”

"Sorry, But I Don't Think God Would Approve of Your Street Harassment!"
“Sorry, But I Don’t Think God Would Approve of Your Street Harassment!”

Location: Union Station Metro
Time:
 Morning Rush Hour (5am-9:30am)

“Lord, Father, God, you like nice! He made you good.”

Submitted 7/9/14 by Anonymous,

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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. 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).

Sexually Assaulted in DC: “I No Longer Feel Safe Walking Home From the Library.”

Street Harassed in DC
Street Harassed in DC: “I No Longer Feel Safe Walking Home From the Library.”

Location: 2nd & E St NW (Union Station/Capitol Hill)
Time: Night (7:30pm-12am)

I was walking home from the library when a man walked up to me with open arms. He put them around me and began kissing my face. I asked him to stop, [but he] grabbed my chest and butt. He kept kissing me and kept his arms around me, I kept asking him to stop. After a few minutes, he finally let me go. I no longer feel safe walking home from the library.

Submitted 4/28/14 by “JJ.”

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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. 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 Was Sexually Harassed at the Bus Stop by Union Station”

"I Was Sexually Assaulted at a Bus Stop by Union Station DC"
“I Was Sexually Assaulted at a Bus Stop by Union Station”

Location: Bus stop at N. Capitol and Massachusetts Ave. NE (Union Station)
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

A clearly mentally ill man was muttering to himself and wandering around the bus stop at N. Capitol and Mass. I walked past him to wait for my bus and he tried to lift up my skirt. I dodged, but he kept walking toward me and extending his hand at thigh-level like he was going to try again. I just tried to avoid him until my bus came. The whole time he was staring at me, cursing and moving toward me even as I tried to change positions on the sidewalk.

When the bus finally came, he tried to put his hands on me as I was getting on, but another passenger got in his way. He started at me through the window until we pulled away.

While his behavior was sexual harassment, the man clearly needed help. I hope he finds it.

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 11/4/13 by “O.H.”


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).

Women Deserve Public Space, Too!

Location: Circulator going to Union Station
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

This guy banged into me when the bus wasn’t even crowded. My fiance called him on it and he started throwing a tantrum and nearly challenging him to fight. I don’t know if this is street harassment but he did act as if, as a male, he was entitled to take any space regardless of a human being’s already taking it.

Submitted 9/23/13 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: 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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