I just learned about Holla Back and Holla Back DC today. I didn’t even realize it but I have felt extremely alone in my experiences being catcalled and harrassed in DC. Reading these stories and knowing that there is a community of women who feel the way I do has nearly brought me to tears.
I recently adopted a dog from a local shelter. Oftentimes, I like to change clothes before taking my dog to the park after work. I like to wear my yoga pants or leggings and a tee shirt because it’s comfortable and functional for playing with the dog. But everytime I do the men and boys at the soccer / football field adjacent to the dog park catcall me to the point of embarrassment. Lately, I have been more careful about what clothes I choose to wear. I wear baggy sweat pants and big hoodies to conceal my body.
It makes me want to scream that these men have driven me to stress about what I wear TO WALK MY DOG! I want to scream at them to leave my in peace but can never bring myself to do it.
Thank you for giving me a place to scream and for showing me that I’m not alone.
Submitted by Jess
Location: 11th and R, NW
Time of harassment: Evening Rush Hour (3:30P-7:30P)
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