Rubbed Against at Safeway

Location: Safeway on Columbia Road (Adams Morgan)
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

Today I went to the Admo Safeway close by where my husband and I live. When I was in the line to the cashier, I noticed that a man was standing as to lean too close to me, nearly rubbing me with the back side of his wrist. I twisted around and I stared very disapprovingly at his face. Noticing my non-verbal disapproval, he shouted, “don’t look at me that way, I’m not goin to rob you, I am not a robber!” I replied, ” I didn’t believe you would rob me.” Suddenly, his wife appeared and started talking to him about me, insinuating within earshot that I was probably a racist, it’s so unfair (lose-lose!)!!! Help!

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 10/7/13 by “LG.”


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).

Adams Morgan Advertisement Sends Troubling Message in Blurring Bar Scene With Sex

[Ed. Note: The post below regards a bus stop advertisement by the Adams Morgan’s BID (AMBID) located at Columbia & Ontario. The advertisement, which Diaz Zapanta first alerted CASS to on Wednesday, has already struck up conversation at Prince of Petworth, where more than a few commenters have noted its “creepy” nod to rape culture.]

By Victor Diaz Zapanta

Adams Morgan has long maintained a reputation for its sketchy nightlife and an atmosphere which can lend itself to being unsafe towards women. It’s a neighborhood that I used to avoid biking through because of the disproportionate amount of drunk drivers and where walking the sidewalk late on a Saturday night was like playing puke frogger.

Over the past few years, I have watched with fascination as more and more local businesses have slowly shifted Adams Morgan into a foody destination rife with some of DC’s best restaurants and cafes.

It’s disturbing to see the Adams Morgan’s BID take a step in the wrong direction by trying to draw people to the neighborhood by insinuating you’ll get laid if you go there. This is something I would expect of an Axe body spray ad, not an organization that is supposed to represent the interests of businesses.

Victor Diaz Zapanta is a digital advocate based out of DC. Follow him on twitter at @victorzapanta.

Adams Morgan Advertisement Sends Troubling Message in Blurring Bar Scene With SexPhoto by Victor Diaz Zapanta


Note from CASS

We regularly receive submissions on experiences with sexual harassment and assault that take place in the Adams Morgan neighborhood, including those that occur in direct connection to the bar and nightlife scene. Just within the last few months, we’ve received accounts of a woman who was sexually assaulted while standing outside an AdMo bar, another woman who had an bouncer laugh when she was similarly assaulted assaulted and a case in which a woman was assaulted and harassed for turning down a man’s advances while dancing at a bar.

Whether it’s in relation to Adam’s Morgan or any other DC neighborhood, advertising that conflates alcohol with sex sends a worrisome message. Our newest program, Safe Bars, aims to prevent harassment and assault that occurs in alcohol-serving establishments by training bar staff on intervention skills. We devised Safe Bars based on findings that approximately half of all sexual assault perpetrators are under the influence of alcohol at the time of the assault. Bars are social gathering places where alcohol is readily available, and although many people are able to safely enjoy themselves, sexual aggressors often use these types of environments as a “staging ground” for selecting, isolating and even incapacitating targets who might not be able to consent.

Stay tuned for more info on Safe Bars, and feel free to let Adams Morgan BID know what you think.

No, You CANNOT Touch My Body: “I shouted back at vulgar street harassment.”

Location: Columbia and 18th St NW (Adams Morgan)
Time: Late Night (12am-5am)

I was walking next to a male friend of mine and coming from the other direction was a man stumbling a bit was walking straight towards me and I could tell he was going to say something to me. He said to me as we passed each other “Let me suck your pussy.” I screamed “shut the fuck up” and as I walked by I heard a couple “ohs” in surprise from other men on the street.

I usually don’t say anything but must have felt safer since it was a crowded street and I was next to a male friend.

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 5/7/13 by “SBS”

Street harassment is just that – harassment.

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).

 

My body is NOT public property: “I was sexually assaulted while standing outside a bar in Admo.”

Location:  Chief Ike’s; 1725 Columbia Road NW (Adams Morgan)
Time: Late Night (12am-5am)

I was standing outside with my friends outside of the bar and a man came back and smacked my butt. I was frazzled and wasn’t sure what to say but said something like “hey, you can’t touch my ass.” He kept walking and looked back smiling/laughing at me.

Groping is a crime. My body is NOT public property!
Groping is a crime. My body is NOT public property!

Submitted 4/29/13 by “SBS”


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.

Public masturbator in Adams Morgan: A crime or just “something inappropriate?”

Location: Klingle Road, NW (Adams Morgan; between Adams Mill & Connecticut)
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

Was walking with my roommate (both of us are young females) in broad daylight on Sunday afternoon (March 3rd). We were walking to Mt. Pleasant from Cleveland Park on Klingle Road. Just off the sidewalk and in the woods of rock creek park (about 20 feet away from us) was a man publicly masturbating. Pants down at his ankles, full exposure. He made direct eye contact with us, and his expression spread into a creepy grin while his hand continued to quickly stroke his dick.

We called 911, because in the moment, we were so shocked and couldn’t think of where else to report this. After a 7-minute conversation, the police agreed to dispatch a car. Really? It’s probably too late for that and we did NOT stick around to keep an eye on the guy. The dispatcher asked me for a description of the man, which i gave to him. He then repeated the offense to me (after i very plainly explained the situation w/ graphic details) by saying “Ok, there’s a man and he’s doing something inappropriate. Can you repeat the cross streets”. Really?! “Something inappropriate”… sigh.

No wonder so many crimes like this go unreported. They’re not taken seriously.

Emphases by CASS.

Submitted on 3/3/13 by “CS”

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.

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