Category Archives: 7th St NW

“Smile for me!”

I was walking to the metro, on my way to my job as a nanny, having an absolutely terrible day when I passed a group of guys who hang out on the block. One of them said “Good afternoon.” I ignored him, cranky and wrapped up in my head. He and some of his friends kept going. “Good afternoon! Hey! Good afternoon! Hey, baby girl, smile for me?” I completely snapped and yelled back “Fuck you! It’s a shitty day! I don’t have to smile. You don’t have the right to tell me what to do!” They started laughing and made fun of me until I was around the corner. I’m worried now that in the future if they recognize me the harassment will escalate.

Submitted by Izzi

Location: 7th and M Sts. NW

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

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“It’s ugly out there!”

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I walked off the Shaw/Howard Metro stop, minding my own business, and two guys started to follow me. They were just hitting on me, pretty par for course in my neighborhood, so I put my Ipod in and let it go. A block and a half later, I turn around and they’re still there. Now (since I’ve been ignoring them) they’ve taken to calling me a bitch and screaming that my ass is too flat. I’ve never stood up to catcalling before, but this was aggressive, so I sort of cracked and started screaming at them to fuck off. They eventually left me alone, but not before trying (again) to get my number or some shit.

I got home and was completely shaky–which I thought was overreacting on my part, because I’m pretty used to general harassment that comes my way. When I talked to my roommate about it, she pointed out that it was literal sexual harassment and I should have taken their pic and sent it to the police. Good point. It’s ugly out there!

Submitted  by DL

Location: 7th & T Sts., NW

Time of harassment: Night (7:30P-12A)

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“Mmm-Hmm!”

I walk from the Gallery Place stop up 7th street to work. There are ALWAYS a ton of guys (possibly homeless, possibly just hanging out) sitting on the steps of the closed storefronts. They generally share comments among themselves – sometimes stuff like “mmm-HMM” in tones of approval when they see some women, and “aw, hell no!” when they see others. They’re usually gone by evening rush hour.

Submitted by Anonymous on 7/19/2010

Location: 7th and Mass NW

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

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“Think About How Your Mother Would Feel”

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I was walking my dog up 7th Street NW. Two teenage boys were sitting on the front porch of a house, listening to music from a laptop. I didn’t look at them, I just kept walking, but I could feel them eyeing me anyway.

When I was about 100 feet past the house, I heard one of them call “I like yer boobs!” in a muted but purposeful voice.

I know the best thing to do is to just let things like this go, but I guess I was in the mood for a confrontation. I turned my dog around and we walked the 100 feet back toward the house.

“Hi. Is your mother at home?”
“Uh….no.”
“What’s your name?”
“Logan.”
“Logan what?”
“Logan….uh….Jones.”
“Hello, Logan Jones. Do you live in this house?”
“No.”
“Where do you live?”
“Over on Van Buren Street.”
“Is your mother there?”
“Uh….yeah.”
“Does she know that you’re out here harassing women on the street?”
“……”
“Well?”
“Uh, I didn’t know I was harassing you. Sorry about that.”
“Yeah, well, it’s not cool. Next time you think about doing something like that, think about how your mother would feel.”

Then I kept walking. His friend called out: “He’s mentally challenged!” I said, “Yeah, I’m sure.”

I didn’t have my cell phone on me, unfortunately. If I had, I would have snapped a picture of the little dorks e43and posted it online..”

Then I kept walking. His friend called out: “He’s mentally challenged!” I said, “Yeah, I’m sure.”

I didn’t have my cell phone on me, unfortunately. If I had, I would have snapped a picture of the little dorks and posted it online.

Submitted by RM on 7/10/2010

Location: 6400 block of 7th St. NW (bet. Tuckerman and Tewkesbury

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

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Thanks For Ruining My Walk!

I was walking home around 9 pm, a block from my house, in my residential neighborhood. Although I often wave and say hello to neighbors on their porches and they do the same, a man on a porch decided to take it further.

He yelled out to me, “Man, are you pretty. I want to MARRY you.” When I didn’t respond, he continued the average street harassment with “where are you going? come talk to me.” etc.

I was so annoyed that when I got home and took my dog for a walk I avoided that whole block.

Submitted by MW on 6/20/2010

Location: between 5th and 7th St on Sheridan St NW

Time of Harassment: Night (7:30P-12A)

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A Vitamin A day Keeps The Street Harassers Away

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This is a mostly positive story. In fact, it was badass.

I was walking North up 7th Street to get lunch. One man, probably in his 50s, said, “Hey beautiful…” and started to try to talk with me as he walked along side me. I looked over at him and said, “I don’t like that. It’s disrespectful.” He objected, asking me why it was disrespectful. I shook my head, repeated, “I don’t like it” and kept walking. He stopped walking and left me alone.

When I came out of the restaurant on T street NW and started to walk back to 7th Street, I was walking fast and came upon a man holding several large bottles of vitamins. He started to try to sell me vitamins but stopped when he saw me. He looked me up and down and said, “You don’t even need these.” Before I could respond, I heard a man yell from the street, “Don’t say that to her. I already talked to her and she thinks it’s disrespectful.” I looked over and the man from 10 minutes before on my walk was yelling out his truck window at my current accoster. I laughed and yelled “Thank you!” and went on my way.

Submitted by Joni on 6/13/2010

Location: : 7th and S NW

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

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Delivery Truck Trouble

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As I rounded the corner from K St on to 7th St NW last night, I saw a man getting ready to unload his delivery truck that was parked on the west wide of 7th. We made eye contact, and then as I passed, I heard him behind me, “Damn, baby. I thought you were coming to see me. Mmm, mmm.”

Submitted by Salem Pearce on 06/10/2010

Location: K St & 7th St NW

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