Category: Verbal

Laura’s Story: Can I have some change?

On my way into a restaurant, I passed an older man panhandling and he asked me for some spare change. I ignored him and from behind me, I heard him yell a series of obscenities, i.e., “Fuck you, you fucking bitch!” I quickly ducked into the restaurant and thankfully, he was gone by the time … Continued

Laura’s Story: Man actually stops telling woman to smile!

Walking down the sidewalk, I passed a guy who was panhandling. He said, ‘Why don’t you put a smile on that pretty face?’ I turned to him and said, ‘I don’t like it when men tell me to smile.’ He backtracked, saying, ‘I wasn’t telling you, I was just suggesting!’ We went back and forth … Continued

Laura’s Story: “Don’t call me baby.”

There was a group of kids hanging out after dark in front of the grocery store. As a woman came out of the store, one of them took a few steps towards her and asked, ‘Hey baby, do you want to come home with me?’ She didn’t say anything, but I saw her grimace as … Continued

Laura’s Story: Minivan Creep

I was walking on Landover Road when a man in a white minivan pulled up behind me and honked. After he saw that I had seen him, he pulled off the road, into the nearby shopping center, to pull up alongside me. He yelled, “Where are you going?” I yelled back, “Nowhere you’re interested in,” … Continued

Tiffany’s Story: “It’s not a compliment.”

On my way to work, I experienced street harassment as I do almost every morning. He walked up just behind me and said “I like that. You look good. Yeah, you look real good”. I said “I don’t like that”. He flew into a hot rage and said “I don’t care if you don’t like … Continued

Trying to be strong

A lot of people talk about how they are sexually harassed because of their beauty and how strange men want to have sex with him. But I don’t see a lot of stories about how cruel random men can be to women on the street. More than once, men have said things to me along … Continued

Amanda’s Story: I’m not a zoo animal

Last night I went to use the bathroom in a pharmacy across from the train station quickly before the next train came to go home. I was already anxious being a young vulnerable girl taking the train home alone at 11:40pm, so my mind slipped and I had left my keys in the bathroom due … Continued

Stephanie’s Story: Make a point

I work at a building community next to a large produce market from the port. To get coffee or lunch, I often have to walk through the market while produce is being loaded, unloaded, and purchased. Nearly every time I walk through this area, I am harassed by whistles, catcalls, winks, and sometimes followed to … Continued