Street Harassed and Followed in Logan Circle

Location: P Street NW and 14th (Logan Circle)
Time: Morning Rush Hour (5am-9:30am)

In this instance, a panhandler who had called out to me before decided to follow me from his spot in front of the hardware store to my office (from P and 14th NW to Rhode Island and 14th NW), staying behind/beside me while asking for personal details like my name and occupation, and repeating things like, “I always thought you were beautiful, I know you’re the woman for me. I just want to talk to you. Don’t be afraid, I’d never hurt you!”

I’m very concerned about him following me in the future, and if he does, I would feel compelled to change my route to work.

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 6/5/13 by “LP.”

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Sexual harassment on New Year’s Eve: “I took a step back and said that I was going to call the police.”

Location: 15th & N Street NW (Logan Circle)
Time: Late Night (12am-5am)

I was coming home alone on New Year’s Eve after hanging out with friends in Columbia Heights/Mt. Pleasant. In the walk between the bus stop on 16th St. and my apartment several blocks away, a man ran up to me until he was standing less than a foot away, crouched down and put his head eye-level with my crotch/the hem of my skirt. I was on the phone at the time, immediately stopped talking and yelled “excuse me” at the man, and for him to get away from me. He yelled back, “Bitch, make me.” and didn’t move away from me when I asked him to. I took a step back and said that I was going to call the police. It wasn’t until that point that he moved away from me and continued across 15th Street.

Submitted on 1/9/13 by “JS”


 

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:
Please consider reporting to Metro Transit Police: www.wmata.com/harassment; 202-962-2121.