Help! Looking for Advice on Chronic Street Harassers in Columbia Heights

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Help! Looking for Advice on Chronic Street Harassers in Columbia Heights

Location: 11th Street and Columbia Rd NW (Columbia Heights)
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

I live around the corner from a house in Columbia Heights that frequently has several men sitting outside who regularly catcall and street harass me and other women who walk by. Unless there are children or women outside with them, which seems to prevent the harassment, I try to remember to walk on the other side of the street to avoid them.

This Saturday, I walked by around 3 in the afternoon, thinking a bright sunny day might hold them back, and they said as I passed: “Nice breasts.” When I retorted in anger, they laughed and told me “not to be mad about something so nice.” I walked off furious and feeling impotent yet again as to what I could have done.

While this story is not especially terrifying, it makes me extremely angry that this is chronic harassment affecting my neighborhood and my quality of life. I am truly at a loss as to what to do, but this happens so frequently with the same house, it seems like something ought to be done. Any wisdom or insight would be appreciated.

Submitted 4/28/14 by “FJB.”

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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).

Stalked & Street Harassed in DC: “No One Did A Thing To Help.”

Stalked & Street Harassed in DC: “No One Did A Thing To Help.”

Location: Between Columbia Heights and Woodley Park, DC
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

It was one of the first nice days out in a long time, so I decided to walk home from the Target in Columbia Heights rather than take the bus. I noticed a man leaning out the passenger side window of a car leering at me and licking his lips. I asked him, “What the fuck are you staring at?” He replied, “Damn, nice legs baby. And you’ve got a mouth on you, I like that.” Then [he] said to the driver of the car (loudly, clearly intending for me to hear) “I would tear that shit UP.”

I flipped him off, then did my best to ignore him as the car drove slowly beside me for the next several blocks, staring at me the entire time. When I sped up, they sped up; when I stopped, they stopped. I was worried that they would follow me all the way home, so I looked for a store to stop in and wait for them to pass, but I was in the middle of a stretch of residential blocks. I shouted at them a few times to leave me alone, but each time the man laughed and seemed to be enjoying my obvious anger/discomfort.

There were plenty of other people on the street, but everyone just looked away and continued to go about their business. No one did a thing to stop it, and someone even gave me a dirty look when I shouted a curse word at the man. Like I was the one doing something wrong. After the fact I wished I had thought to make a note of the car’s license plate, called the police to report it, done SOMETHING besides just let it happen, but in the moment I was too angry and afraid to do anything besides get home.

Submitted 4/2/14 by “Nicole M.”

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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 Spoke Back to Street Harassment in Columbia Heights!”

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“I Spoke Back to Street Harassment in Columbia Heights.”

Location: 14th & U Street NW (Columbia Heights)
Time: Night (7:30pm-12am)

Two of my friends and I had stopped into a beer & wine store on 14th around 9:30pm Friday, 3/28/14. We are all 25 years old and were all dressed casually in jeans and sweatshirts. We exited the store with a 6-pack and began to walk east on 14th.

A very tall thin, well-dressed man in his late 20s paused, leered at us, and made a sexual remark. The street was bustling and it was hard to hear what he said. Something along the lines of, “You ladies want to drink that with me? Blah, blah, blah sexy.” We kept walking and he continues to walk the opposite direction. After about 5 paces, I turned and yelled as loud as I could, “Yo! FUCK YOU!” Some people turned to looks, and I turned back around and kept walking with my friends. Heard him yell a sarcastic “Ha!!” as we walked away.

Submitted 3/30/14 by “K.M.”

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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 Harassed in Columbia Heights

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Sexually Harassed in Columbia Heights

Location: 14th & Irving St NW (Columbia Heights)
Time: Night (7:30pm-12am)

As I was parting ways with my sister after dinner, we hugged and said we loved each other. And some random man decided it was okay to tell me he loved me more and complained and yelled after me as I ignored him and walked away.

Submitted 2/1/14 by “kerry.”

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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. 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).

“I Was Flashed & Violated By A Public Masturbator in Columbia Heights”

Street art from our sidewalk chalking in Dupont Circle in honor of International Anti-Street Harassment Week.

Location: 13th & Irving NW DC (Columbia Heights)
Time: Night (7:30pm-12am)

I was walking home from the Metro along Irving St. I saw a man up ahead stop his bicycle and pull at his jeans. I thought he was just adjusting himself to be more comfortable on his bike. As he was biking past me I saw that he had his penis out and he was masturbating himself. I was horrified and booked it home. I didn’t feel like I was in danger but I still feel really violated. Looking back, I realize that he stopped his bike to take his penis out of his pants with the express intent of showing me and the other people walking down the block.

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 10/1/13 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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