This morning I was walking to my car, which was parked a few blocks from my apartment, to get to boot camp (exercise, not military). As I passed the BP gas station just north of N St on 13th, a guy at one of the pumps started making fairly explicit remarks about my body. I’m no stranger to street harassment, especially when working out in the morning, but I generally just ignore the comments.
But this morning, I felt something snap, and I decided to respond. I could only think of the words that Marty Langelan used in a self-defense class I took many years ago. So I said what she taught me to say.
“Hey! Stop harassing women. I don’t like it. Nobody likes it! Show some respect.”
The harasser at first held up his hands and apologized. But as soon as I started walking away, I heard him yelling about his big dick. Sigh.
The insult to injury? My trainer didn’t show up for class, so I wasn’t even able to channel my anger into a good workout!
Submitted by Salem on 11/23/2010
Location: 13th & N Sts NW
Time of Harassment: Morning Rush Hour (5A-9:30A)
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