Repeated Verbal Harassment: “I will break your neck.”

Location: 16th & L St NW, Washington, DC
Time:  Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

Last week I was walking from the Metro to work and a white man was sitting on the sidewalk with a tin can. I had a mug in my hand, and, as I passed, he yelled at me: “I will knock that right out of your hand, you whore. I will break your neck.” I reported this to an officer who was down the street and didn’t see him again for a week. Today I was walking to get lunch with a coworker and he was sitting on the sidewalk asking for money. I’d heard him shout a racist slur at the woman in front of us, so I ignored him. He then yelled at me and my coworker, saying “I hope you choke to death on the next cock you suck.” We had no choice but to walk by him again coming back from getting lunch. This time he yelled at us again, saying, “So you would rather give your money to immigrants but not me? I break your fucking necks.” I reported to the police again today.

Submitted 5/4/15 by “NM.”

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.

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Dear Bike Messengers Hanging Outside 17th & L Potbelly’s: Stop Harassing Women!

“Dear Bike Messengers Hanging Outside 17th & L Potbelly’s: Stop Harassing Women!”

Location: 17th and L st NW
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

There’s a group of bike messengers that have made the entrance to Potbellies (sic) and the Kita building their home. They stand there all day, hollering at women, asking them to smile, saying all sorts of terrible things. I’ve confronted them, saying “hey, you seem like nice guys. Could you please stop harassing women? We’re not objects and it’s really not ok.” They smiled and laughed it off, and were right back at it.

I’ve asked the building manager to do something, she’s gone to lecture but no success. It won’t stop. I just don’t know what else to do. Every day.

Submitted 3/7/14 by Anonymous.

UPDATE: With your help, we let @Potbelly and @GoldenTriDC know that street harassment is bad for both the community and for business. We heard from at east three other individuals that they had also experienced or witnessed street harassment at this area. Within less than an hour, Potbelly’s customer service arm, @PotbellyService, tweeted to let us know that they would contact Potbelly’s District Manager to look into the issue. We hope the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID) looks into the issue as well and — perhaps most importantly — that area bike messenger services take note and teach their employees about the personal and economic harms of street harassment. Thank you to all who joined us in spreading awareness about this problem.

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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).

Street Harassed in Farragut North: “I didn’t ask for your opinion, thank you very much!”

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Street Harassed in Farragut North: “I didn’t ask for your opinion, thank you very much!”

Location: 1101 Connecticut Ave NW (Farragut North)
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

I went out to get some things from the CVS and on the way back a man stopped to tell me, “mmm so beautiful damn” — I didn’t ask your opinion, thank you very much. I had my camera phone on-the-ready though, because I had been harassed already once before today.

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 11/20/13 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. 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).

“Street Harassed at Farragut North Metro: “He Made Kissing Noises & Propositioned Me For Sex.”

"Street Harassed at the Farragut North Metro Station: "He made kissing noises and propositioned me for money."
“Street Harassed at the Farragut North Metro Station: “He made kissing noises and propositioned me for money.”

Location: 1500 K St NW DC (Farragut North/McPherson Square)
Time: Morning Rush Hour (5am-9:30am)

There’s this homeless man who always is peddling for change in front of the Farragut North Metro stop. This morning, he asked me for change, then when I ignored him, he made kissing noises and propositioned me and offered me $50. WTF? I regret I didn’t get the chance to snap a photo of this creep.

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 11/20/13 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. 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).

Street Harassed in Farragut North: “I’ve never felt so humiliated in my life.”

Street Harassed in Farragut North: “I’ve never felt so humiliated in my life.”

Location: 20th and L Streets NW (Farragut North)
Time: Night (7:30pm-12am)

You felt the need to holla at me en Español on 20th and L. as much as I hate that shit, I let it go. I know that I look like a white girl, and you didn’t know that I am also from México. Or did you actually know that, and you picked me. alone. on purpose? You took it to a new level. I have never even felt this threatened on the street in one of the most Machismo countries in the world.

When you rolled your window down and followed me FOR THREE BLOCKS at 2 mph, getting more and more vulgar with your taunts, I felt that familiar anxious knot in my stomach. Something horrible was going to happen. So when I yelled back in our shared language that I wasn’t interested, loud enough for the Indío construction workers on the next block to turn and look, and you stopped the car like you were gonna get out, I couldn’t help but start running.

I hope you got a good laugh at that as you drove away. And I hope that you feel big and important. Because I’ve never felt so humiliated in my life.

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 10/08/13 by “Paloma O.”


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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