Took the long way to walk to a friend’s house last Saturday because I really wanted some “me” time. After admiring the view from the gorgeous bridge on Connecticut Avenue, I continued walking up Connecticut when the man I was passing on the street said very loudly —
It felt like someone had slapped me in the face. I turned around as he walked past me and all I could muster was “Fuck you.”
He turned and smiled defiantly, while giving me the middle finger. I continued, “Do not talk to women that way.”
Then I turned around and began to walk away. The male counterpart of a young-ish couple walking past said, “You’re beautiful, but don’t be mad, slut is sexy”.
Considering he was smoking a joint and laughing at me the whole time, it didn’t make me feel much better. I continued walking to my friend’s house, feeling angry, anxious, and upset.
Submitted by EM on 10/25/10
Location: Calvert St NW & Connecticut St NW
Time of Harassment: Day Time (9:30A-3:30P)
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