Followed By Car in Petworth: “Get in, Baby.”

Location: Petworth, Washington, DC
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

After work I decided to go for a brisk walk. It was broad daylight. I was walking down 9th Street when a car pulled up. The man rolled down the windows and was trying to coax me into the car with him. I could hardly hear what he was saying, but it was something along the lines of “get in, baby.” I ignored him, and he continued to follow me in his car. Finally I saw a man and his pregnant wife walking. I started screaming and making a scene. I screamed “GO AWAY!” at the man in the car repeatedly. He did not react other than to smirk until the couple came over and offered to walk with me until I felt safe.

Submitted 9/15/15 by “Anonymous”

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It “Makes Me Absolutely Hate Living in DC”: Catcalling Group in Petworth

Location: Georgia Avenue/Petworth, Washington, DC
Time:  Night (7:30pm-12am)

There is a group of men who constantly hang out on the block of 9th St and Upshur Street NW, near the post office. Nearly every single time I walk near that block or one block over on Georgia Avenue, I am catcalled. I live on 9th street, and that area is nearly impossible to avoid, as it is on the way to the Metro.

This seriously has happened to me nearly EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. since I moved to Petworth a year ago. It is the worst in the summer, and in the middle of the day, when not as many people are about, but it happens all the time, morning, midday, rush hour, etc.

I have confronted many of the men about their behavior and asked them not to talk to women on the street like that, which they just seem to either 1) find amusing or 2) get defensive about the “compliment” they’ve given me or 3) call me a bitch.

It is becoming increasingly difficult to deal with, giving me extremely aggressive feelings, and makes me ABSOLUTELY HATE living in DC.

Submitted 8/25/15 by “CL”

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Street Harassed in Petworth: “I Feel Demeaned and Disrespected. I am Angry that I Cannot Exercise and Run Errands without Worrying about My Safety.”

Location:  Georgia Avenue/Petworth Metro Stop, Washington, DC
Time:  Night (7:30pm-12am)

Last night in the Georgia Ave/Petworth area, I was leaving a Yoga class and stopped briefly on the side walk to look up the nearest bus stop. A man, slurring his words, said, “How about 30 cents, beautiful?” I kept walking, and another man walked out of a take out restaurant and yelled, “Run away, little girl! Run!” as he followed me a few paces. Two other men made obscene gestures with their tongues while making sexual remarks. The final man I encountered told me to “go home.” Too afraid to wait for the bus, I called my boyfriend and talked to him until I reached the Metro. Very shaken, I tried to hide my tears as I rode the Metro home. I feel demeaned and disrespected. I am angry that I cannot exercise and run errands without worrying about my safety. The culture of street harassment NEEDS to change.
Submitted 5/5/15 by “Anonymous.”

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Exhausted By Street Harassment in Petworth

Exhausted By Street Harassment in Petworth
Exhausted By Street Harassment in Petworth

Location: Warder St NW & Rock Creek Church Rd NW (Petworth)
Time: Night (7:30pm-12am)

I was walking the 50 feet from my car to my front door. Two men were walking on the opposite sidewalk. One of them yelled, “You pretty, girl.” I shook my head in exhaustion.

Submitted 5/28/14 by “SKD.”

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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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Harassed By DC Bus Driver: “I was relying on him to get me home, not hit on me & make me feel unsafe!”

Location: “E” bus from Friendship Heights to Petworth
Time: Night (7:30pm-12am)

I was rushing to the Friendship Heights bus stop after work around 11:30pm but slowed down once I saw that the driver was still standing outside the bus. As I approached I reached into my bag to pull out my metro card and a slip of paper fell out; I picked it up and went to get on the bus. I then hear from behind me, “hey, you dropped my number back there” and turn around to see it was the bus driver. I find that “pick-up line” to be very uncreative and just plain stupid (as most of them are) so I reply “Oh yeah?”, annoyingly chuckle, and continue to board the bus while ignoring him.

Its a full bus and I sit near the front so when its time for me to get off at my stop I walk towards the front exit. As I’m turning to walk down the steps of the bus I feel someone reach out and tap my hand. I turn around once again to see the bus driver with a stupid grin on his face and he is starting to rattle off his phone number. I immediately say “ha”, give him a dirty look and step off the bus.

What I really felt like doing was yelling at him to leave me the hell alone. I encounter street harassment on the regular, as many other people do too, and it is never ok. This particular situation made me uncomfortable because it was someone that I was relying on to get me home, he was on the clock for a public service job, and he reached into my space and physically touched me. Don’t violate my space, looking for attention!

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 5/9/13 by “Sara Shaw”


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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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