“He shouted ‘Are you just going to ignore me?'”

Location: 7th Street and S St NW
Time:  Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

I noticed a cab driver shouting and honking at me when I was passing Shaw Library on 7th Street NW. I walked on 7th St toward Uprising Muffins on S Street, and he continued to sexually harass me, but I was heading in the opposite direction, so I thought I would be able to get away from him without responding. He turned his car around, followed me on 7th St NW, and stopped the car on 7th St and S. He then shouted “Are you just going to ignore me?” and repeatedly told me to get in the car and asked if I needed a ride. I repeatedly told him that I did not want or need a ride and asked, “Was that seriously your plan in following me here?” Then he said: “That’s my job.” I explained to him that his job is to respond to requests for rides, not to follow and harass women on the street in an attempt to force rides upon us. I reported the incident to the DC Department of For-Hire Vehicles and the DC Office of Human Rights. Perhaps further training will help DC cab drivers better understand their job responsibilities and stop engaging in gender-based harassment.

Submitted 7/19/16 by “JR”

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).

Here’s What Riders Have to Say About Our RightRides DC Service!

Here's What Riders Have to Say About Our RightRides DC Service!

We rang in 2015 with another RightRides DC service date, and it was a smashing success! 36 people got free, safe rides home to all areas of NW and NE DC — an increase from 20 on our first service date on Halloween! We added an extra car to the fleet and an extra 30 minutes of service thanks to the generosity of our volunteers and especially our RightRides DC sponsor, Zipcar.

Here’s some of what the riders had to say!

The best thing about RightRides DC is….: 
“I don’t have to worry how me and my partner will be treated.”
“Safety first and foremost, very kind volunteers and a nice service – thank you!”
 
Why did you decide to use RRDC today? 
“I’ve been harassed both in Ubers and taxis.”  
“Free and would be safe for all of us.”
 
What can we improve about the service: 
“Nothing, you are perfect! <3”
“Offer it more often please!”
 
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“The Cab Driver Started Masturbating and Watching Me in The Rear View Mirror”

Location: Wisconsin Avenue/Friendship Heights
Time: Night (7:30pm-12am)

Around 8pm one evening, I got in a cab on Wisconsin Avenue, NW, and the cab driver took a side street and started masturbating and looking at me in rear view mirror while talking. I was afraid that if I said something or tried to get out that the situation could get worse — so I waited til we got to a main street and got out.

He drives a green cab. He is in his 50s or early 60s, medium build/height, dirty gray shoulder length hair, dirty clothes.

Submitted 10/18/14 by Anonymous.

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).

“Something Terrifying Happened to Me in a DC Cab”

Collective Action for Safe Spaces DCLocation: Cleveland Park – Connecticut Avenue NW
Time: Night (7:30pm-12am)

Something terrifying happened to me on Friday evening, September 26th, around 10:30 pm, after taking a taxi to Cleveland Park. After repeated personal questions and inappropriate comments that made me uncomfortable (eg “I like you,” “will you go on a date with me?”), the cab driver stopped in front of my building, looked me in the eyes, intensely, and told me I was locked inside his cab until I handed over “enough” cash. (He had not turned on the meter for the trip). I was trapped inside and scared, so I complied with his request to hand over cash.

I filed a police report with MPD immediately following the incident, I have consulted an attorney, and I plan to press charges. I notified the DC taxicab commission of the incident, and I plan to do the same in Maryland — the cab had Maryland plates. A friend of mine wrote a letter on my behalf to Councilmember Mary Cheh regarding the incident.

I want to do everything in my power not only to bring this man to justice for what he did to me, but also to prevent this from happening to others in the future. Women should be able to feel safe when they get into a taxi. It’s atrocious what we have to face daily just to get around our city — our options are not great, to say the least. Walk and face the dangers and harassment that come along with walking, take a cab and you are still at risk.

Submitted 10/2/14 by “Katie Watkins.”

CASS is launching RightRides, a service to provide free rides home for women and LGBT people, from 12am-3am on Friday, October 31st. Rides, which are made possible by a partnership with Zipcar, will be operated by driver/navigator teams consisting of trained, screened volunteers. Save the number in your phone now: 202-556-4232!


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).

“I Don’t Want to Be Offered Rides, Hit On, Or Ogled!”

Location: I & 13th NW, 1st & D, Judiciary Square
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

Last Monday (9/15), I went to do an on-foot delivery for work. First, as I waited to cross the street at 13th & I Streets NW, a cab driver passed me and pointed to his cab as if he was offering me a ride. I said “No” and continued to wait for the light. Second, I took a different path than usual to switch up my routine.

On 1st and D, some men were taking up space on the street and exchanging money. My options were to walk through them, walk behind the guy with his back towards the bushes, or walk behind the guy with his back towards the curb. The most open option was to walk behind the guy nearest the curb. As I do this, he says, “How are you doing young lady?” while looking me up and down. I do not want to engage him so I continued walking. He says, “I’ll see you when you come back, baby!” I continue walking, continuing to not engage or encourage him.

Lastly, after leaving my delivery destination at Judiciary Square, a man would not stop staring and smiling at me. It was annoying. I gave him eye contact and said “No,” but it didn’t discourage him. “I saw you from afar,” he says, “and I wondered if you had a tattoo.” I assume he thinks my patterned leggings are tattooed legs. He’s got this creepy grin on his face the whole time. I replied with a brusque “No, I don’t” and kept walking. “Have a nice day!” he says. I don’t reply.

I said aloud to myself, “These men are so ridiculous!” I was not trying to be offered rides, hit on, or ogled. I have a job to do for work, and that was the only thing on my mind. These men need to learn how to leave women alone.

Submitted 9/23/14 by “D.”

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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).

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