Category Archives: 16th St

Too Many Occurrences

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I was walking home from work at 16th and 1 block below P Street, NW, when two guys approached me and told me I have a fat ass. I said no thank you and kept walking, at which point they started following me. Fortunately, a bus pulled up and I was able to cross the street and catch it in time. It was very unnerving.

I also had an experience a couple weeks ago in front of the Target in Columbia Heights were a man asking for donations for Planned Parenthood, of all places, approached me to ask for money and then kept on about how he had watched me walk up the street and when I came out of Target wanted to talk to me. Ew.

Submitted by Elizabeth
Location: 16th and P St. NW
Time of harassment: Evening Rush Hour (3:30P-7:30P)

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Convenience Store Harassment

I went in to the 7-11 for a drink. There is a bum who is always asking for money right next to the door. 2 weeks ago as I passed him I hear him say that my pu$$y smells good. I turned around and told him he to shut up before I shut him up. Today went I went in the same 7-11 and he followed me in the store screaming at me for opening the door too fast. I told him to go away, so he went back outside and poured coffee all over my car. When I came out he got all up in my face trying to push me backward by walking in to me. I went back inside and called the police who did absolutely nothing.

Submitted by Anonymous

Location: 7-11 on 16th St.

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

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Would you talk to your mother like that?

I was walking along Columbia Rd while trying to find a cab home, when I saw a group of guys on the sidewalk ahead. As I got closer, I heard them talking about cigarettes. One of them said “yeah man, where’s my pack? Hold on a sec.” He then turned to me and said “hey baby girl, I’m gonna fuck the shit out of ya.” I turned and said “Would you talk to your mother like that? I don’t think so, so don’t fucking talk to me like that” and kept walking. As I walked off I could hear him yelling at me “You don’t know my momma, bitch! My momma’s a slut too, so I’ll tell her I’d fuck the shit out of her too.”

I’m used to the generic “hey baby, smile baby” etc, but this was a whole new level of terrible, and really ruined the end of an otherwise pleasant evening.

Submitted by Ashley 

Location: Columbia Rd & 16th St NW

Time of harassment: Late Night (12A-5A)

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“Hi whore!”

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There was (what appeared to be) a homeless man sitting on a low wall in the alley. I didn’t take much notice of him because I was on the opposite sidewalk, until he yelled out to me, “Hi whore!” I didn’t vary my pace and kept walking at the same speed, ignoring him, but I could feel my face getting hot and my heart was beating a million miles an hour. Then he started yelling, “Bitch! Bitch!” after me.

I walked past two men on my side of the street who heard what was happening and just started talking even louder to drown out my harasser’s crazy, but they didn’t look at me or acknowledge that they thought he was nuts, too, which made me feel even more alone.

I live on that block, and didn’t want the harasser to see which building I went into, so I had to duck once I thought a hedge would block me, and sneak into my doorway like a thief. I rarely lock my gate because I feel that our neighborhood is so safe, but I locked it then, along with both bolts on my door.

Please, if you see someone being harassed, just at least smile at them sympathetically, or ask them if they’re alright, or offer to walk with them a little way. I know I would have felt infinitely safer if those two men walking past me had acknowledged that something was happening.

Submitted by Melissa:

Location: 16th and R Street, NW

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

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Harassed by a Postal Worker

I was walking my dog outside of my building one Saturday late morning (around 11 am) when an elderly postal worker (late 60s, early 70s) jumped out of his truck to get the mail from a blue mailbox outside the building next door. He started shouting, so I turned to look and he yelled “GIRL YOU A NASTY LITTLE THING” and then proceeded to make humping motions. I ignored him, continued walking my dog. He continued to shout things at me until I made it back into my building. I called the USPS and reported the incident, but I doubt anything was ever done.

It’s not the first time I’ve been harassed in my neighborhood, it’s probably a weekly occurrence in some way or another, but it’s one of the first times it’s been so obvious when I’ve had my dog with me. After it happens I always beat myself up thinking I should have said something but in the moment you feel so degraded and helpless you just want to get out of the situation. It’s not fair, and it’s not right. I shouldn’t have to wonder if there will be some sort of repercussions for standing up for myself, but being a woman of smaller stature I do wonder. Even with my 70 lb dog at my side, I didn’t feel comfortable enough to say something.

Submitted by anonymous on 8/22/2011

Location: 16th and Harvard

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

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Post-SlutWalkDC Discussion Harassment

I went to AAUWs conversation on Slut Walk, which was hosted on AAUW property. I approached the table with alcoholic drinks and asked the pourer how he was doing.

He responded that he was enjoying the company of all the “beautiful women.”

I’m still stunned. Why didn’t I say anything? I could have said: “Hey, sir, I don’t appreciate that. We’re all here in a professional capacity tonight.”

Was I worried about my reputation as a young woman as a guest in a professional setting?

And I overheard him making similar comments to other women. Harassment is harassment.

Submitted by RI on 8/18/2011

Location: 16th & L Street NW @AAUW discussion

Time of harassment: Night (7:30P-12A)

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“You should be called Sunshine…”

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Last week I was walking home when a guy walking past me stopped, looked me up and down and said, “You should be called sunshine because you are so damn pretty.”

Submitted by anonymous on 8/10/2011

Location: 16th and Columbia NW

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

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