Monthly Archives: January 2011

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The Repeat Harasser

Cross posted from Stop Street Harassment Blog:

I’ve had it with this loser!

Once again, I got off the bus and was heading toward my office, when I see this guy dancing on the street, with his not-so-fly moves. I walk close to the curb to avoid having to walk directly past him, when I see it’s my “friend” who I’ve had repeated run-ins with in the past. It makes me grateful that I followed my gut feeling and avoided walking directly past him. However, he is pretty much in the faces of other women who walk past him, with his “Howya doin’?”s and this and that.

He says the same to me but I choose not to respond to him, and he then immediately says “Aw, HELL NO!” at me. He then starts with his corny dancing again.

Save for around the holiday time when he called me “baby” and wished me happy holidays, this guy has been randomly outside this Starbucks with his rude and obnoxious commentary towards me. This guy’s obviously got problems.

I pulled out my phone camera to catch him in the middle of one of his lame dance routines, but he sees me and ducks into the Starbucks. Coward.

As soon as I got to my office I called MPD. I told them I’ve reported him to them before and that I’m tired of dealing with him. If they do check up on him I want them to do something with him this time. Refer him to a shelter or something and get him off the street so he’ll stop harassing women like me who are simply trying to get to work. I don’t ever want to see him on the street again!

Submitted by tired of being harassed on 1/21/2011

Location: In front of the Starbucks at M Street & Wisconsin Avenue

Do you have a personal experience with gender-based public sexual harassment or assault you would like to submit? Just click here and fill out the online submission form. All submissions are posted anonymously unless you specify.

Run-in with a Previous Harasser

I just bumped into a man previously mentioned on the site.

I had a prior run-in with him, in which he grabbed me and kissed me on the lips before I could get away from him and into the metro station.

This time, he was hanging around a CVS, holding a sign and shouting “help the homeless”. He saw me, shouted “FUCK!” and started towards me before I ducked into the store and informed the manager.

This guy is an absolute creep with a very quick temper. Steer very clear when you see him.

Submitted by MS on 1/25/2011

Location: Farragut West

Time of harassment:
Day Time (9:30A-3:30P)

Do you have a personal experience with gender-based public sexual harassment or assault you would like to submit? Just click here and fill out the online submission form. All submissions are posted anonymously unless you specify.

Flasher in Meridian Hill Park

I was crossing through Meridian Hill Park on my way to work this morning at 8:30. In the morning, there are joggers and people with strollers, and I do not feel unsafe. When I turned a corner and started to walk down some steps, a man exposed himself to me. I yelled, ” What the fuck, asshole?!” and ran out of the park. It was very scary and I am now really upset, sitting at work, unable to work.

Submitted by anonymous on 1/25/2011

Location: Meridian Hill Park

Time of Harassment: Morning Rush Hour (5A-9:30A)

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DC Man Murdered after Intervening

Last year, we reported about a man who was murdered after standing up to his girlfriend’s harasser in New Orleans.  Sadly, we learned over the weekend that a man in DC was murdered after intervening to help a woman who was being harassed.  We are saddened by this senseless act of violence and applaud Bill Mitchel for being a good bystander.

From the Washington Post

From the Washington Post:

Bill Mitchell was the kind of man who stepped up instead of shying away, the kind of person who would help someone even if he didn’t know them, his friends and family say.

So on Wednesday night, after he had seen the play “Cymbeline” at the Shakespeare Theater with his mother, he hopped on the Metro to the New York Avenue Station, walked home along North Capitol Street and Florida Avenue NW and saw a woman who needed help. Mitchell, 33, got involved.

He exchanged words and possibly tussled with an unknown assailant who was hassling the woman and who then shot and killed Mitchell.

“There was some sort of altercation, and we have to figure out what that interaction was,” said D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5), who said he had spoken with police and witnesses. “He may have intervened in something, being a Good Samaritan.”

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“We hope that his senseless death can help in some way to make the area he lived in a safer place,” the Mitchell family said in a statement.

Mitchell’s younger brother made a plea for information.

“There may come a time when police ask for the public’s help,” Brian Mitchell said. “Please contact the police if you know anything. It was my brother today. It could be your brother, son, sister, mother or daughter tomorrow.”

“I just wanted to get to the gym.”

I was walking to the gym the other evening and the guy behind me was trying to get my attention by calling out “Hey boo. I just want to tell you look good.”  I just wanted to get to the gym in peace and was in no mood to deal with being catcalled. After I ignored him, he said,”Fine. Be that way.”

Submitted by anonymous on 1/21/2011

Location: 15th and Park NW

Time of harassment: Evening Rush Hour (3:30P-7:30P)

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“Thirsty”

Cross posted from Hollaback and Stop Street Harassment Blog:

It’s always nice to hear a man who understands how street harassment negatively affects women.   That’s why we are loving this video of Spoken Soul 215’s Vision preforming “Thirsty”, a spoken word piece about street harassment.