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 Tyson’s Corner: “His Tone Seemed Threatening & Creeped The Hell Out Of Me.”

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Street Harassed in Tyson’s Corner: “His Tone Seemed Threatening & Creeped The Hell Out Of Me.”

Location: International Drive & Leesburg Pike (Tyson’s Corner), Virginia
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

I was walking from an office building to a nearby strip mall in search of lunch, and a man who didn’t look homeless but was begging for money was in the strip mall parking lot. He approached me and asked for money, and I said no, I’m sorry, then he walked up to another woman who also shot him down. He then walked back toward me and said that we were some good-looking women and that we should put on short skirts, go to work for him, and make some real money. His tone seemed threatening and creeped the hell out of me, and I ducked into the nearest restaurant (Finnegan’s Pride) until he’d left the parking lot. I don’t spend much time in Tyson’s Corner, but it seems rare that you encounter anyone on foot in that area, so I was caught off-guard from the get-go.

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 12/2/13 by “E.”

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Street Harassed in Virginia: “Don’t talk to me like that!”

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Location: N Lynn Street & Route 29 (Arlington, VA)
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

As I walked onto the sidewalk, a man holding up a sign begging for money from cars at the stop light started yelling at me to lift up my skirt so he could “lick my pussy”. I turned around and started yelling at him “Don’t talk to me like that! Don’t talk to women like that!”

He then said he “wasn’t talking to me” even though there were no other women around. I turned around and walked away. I’m about ready to go stand next to him holding a sign telling everyone what a creep he is.

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 8/28/13 by Anonymous.


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Street Harassment “Makes Me Feel Dirty.”

Location: Duke Street & Holland Lane, Virginia
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

I was walking down the street when a man approached me and said, “Hey, beautiful, can you give me directions to the nearest metro?” I just pointed and said, “That way” and walked away really fast.

It’d be a lot more polite if he referred to me as “Miss” or “Ma’am” before asking for directions. When a man I don’t know comments on my appearance, it makes me feel dirty.

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 8/14/13 by Anonymous.


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“Blatant woman-bullying,” public masturbation by man at VA restaurant

Location:  Virtue Feed & Grain (Old Town Alexandria)
Time: Night (7:30pm-12am)

my partner (white male) and I (woman of color) ate a lovely dinner and were enjoying a coffee at the bar when a late 20s/early 30s man started a generally kind conversation. It quickly turned in to a randomly anti-sematic (sic) conversation with him diving in to the US and Israel and he began staring at me and rubbing his crotch. he was in glasses and a plaid shirt, about 6’0. after my partner gently/safely/kindly asked him to allow us to have a private conversation he went to a different part of the restaurant. so surreal. we then noticed a woman next to us finding refuge from a friend of his and conversing with the bartender. she too seemed uncomfortable so I believe there were two of them.

not sure if this is appropriate here but it was pretty horrifying – between the racism and the crotch grabbing…the blatant woman-bullying. I shared this with our bartender/server as we left and can’t stop thinking about the other women in that restaurant tonight…

Submitted on 11/24/12 by “Camilla”

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