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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“I Took An Extra Long Route to Make Sure He Didn’t Follow Me Home”

street harassed in DCLocation: Alabama and 32nd SE
Time:
 Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

I was walking home from the bus stop when a man started yelling at me from his car. I ignored him and kept walking. He then pulled his car into the side street to block my path. I think he was saying something along the lines of “You’re too cute to look so mean”, but I couldn’t really hear him over the sound of my own voice screaming at him to stop and leave me alone. I was so terrified. I rushed across the street and took an extra long route to make sure he didn’t follow me home.

Submitted 7/15/14 by “GG.”

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Not OK! Street Harassed & Stalked By A Car While Biking in Columbia Heights

Street Harassed in DC
Not OK! Street Harassed & Stalked By A Car While Biking in Columbia Heights

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

I was biking home, going down the 14th street bike lane on Sunday night around 9pm, when I noticed a car was following slowly behind me in the car’s lane. Figuring the driver was just nervous about getting too close to a biker, I slowed down and tried to let the (male) driver pass. But he slowed down even more to drive next to me. I quickened my pace, trying to get away, but the driver was easily able to follow beside me for several blocks, staring more at me than the road, making lewd tongue movements, and laughing to himself. I finally lost him at a red light when he got stuck behind a line of cars and I flouted traffic laws, going through the red light to put distance between myself and him.

Submitted 5/12/14 by Anonymous.

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Street Harassed By A Car Full of Men Near the Ballston Metro: “I Just Wanted To Get Home”

Street Harassed By A Car Full of Men Near the Ballston Metro: "I Just Wanted To Get Home"
Street Harassed By A Car Full of Men Near the Ballston Metro: “I Just Wanted To Get Home”

Location: Ballston/Virginia Square area (Virginia)
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

Walking home from the metro and a car full of guys pulls out of a parking garage. Driver leans out the window and says “baby you’re GORGEOUS.” I roll my eyes (under sunglasses) and just keep walking. Car proceeds to pull out, then slowly pull into the parking lot adjacent and another dude yells out “fire crotch!” and the whole car is clicking their tongues at me while I have no choice but to just walk past and pretend nothing is happening so I can go home.

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 4/22/14 by Anonymous.

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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.”


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