Verbal

“I’m still watching you baby!” – Li’s story

I had parked my car and was on my way to meet a friend by Westminster Hall. As I was walking past the bus stop a man yells at me “Miss! Hey Miss! You need to stop walking like that because you’re turning me on!” I ignored him and waited to cross the street and he continued to yell at me. As I crossed the street he yelled “I’m still watching you! Hey! Look at me! I know you can heard me. I’m still watching you baby!” and continued until I was out of sight.

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Verbal

“this incident is a normal occurrence and i wish it wasn’t” – Kristen’s story

As I was walking to the grocery store in broad daylight in the middle of the day on 5/16/16 a man in a white van with very dark tinted windows, (including driver and front passenger windows), passed me as I walked along Old York Road and stopped slightly ahead of me. He rolled his driver side window down partially as I passed him on the passenger side and made it clear that he expected me to get in. When I kept walking and would not, he yelled “Forget You!”. A car had pulled up closely behind him waiting for him to keep driving and several people had approached the area on a cross street which made me feel safer than if I had been alone. I’m not posting this because this is an out of the ordinary occurrence for walking a few blocks to the grocery store. I’m posting this because this incident is a normal occurrence and i wish it wasn’t.

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Stalking, Verbal

“He called me a ‘bitch’ because I told him to stop following me” – Eilish’s story

I was walking passed the Visitors Center at the Inner Harbor when I saw a guy in head to toe camo and under my breath I said, ” isn’t the war over already, allegedly?” Then suddenly the guy was instantly following me so closely that he might as well have been walking on top of me. I tried to walk away from him calmly and silently. But he followed my every move. Finally I made eye contact with him as I turned around and I took out my ear buds that I had been listening to music with quite loudly and told him to stop following me or else I would beat him in the ass. Then he said, “you’re a bitch!” and ran off like a scared mouse from a cat. I called after him, “your mother should have used birth control you useless piece of scum!” He continued to run away. I don’t regret anything that I said or did and if I see him again I will take a picture of him and since this is twice in two days in this area that I will now be carrying pepper spray so that I can blind creepers like him.

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Verbal

“I am sick of not being able to just leave my apartment … without being harassed” – LWG’s story

We live on a busy thoroughfare so getting verbally harassed when I leave the house has become expected.

This morning, I was already running late for work, had spilled my coffee, had to change, etc. I usually just ignore the jerks who hang out of their car windows trying to get my attention when I leave my apartment and walk quietly to my car (also parked on the main street.)

But this morning, I had had it. I left the house and some dude in one of those blue sedan service/taxi cars is literally hanging out of his window flagging me down, yelling “Hey sexy! Hey sexy! Hey beautiful, where you goin” and without thinking I yelled back “Shut the Fuck up!”

And of course that set off the “bitch this” and “bitch that.” He said “I know your (either “face” or “place”) now” and indicated I would be sorry for not accepting his “complement.”

I was scared but kept walking and I suppose he drove off (he was driving on the other side of the road.) But still, he has seen me apartment and car now. I am pretty sure nothing will happen, but still, I am sick of not being able to just leave my apartment to go to work without being harassed and, now, threatened.

And the worst part? I find myself thinking things like “But I am dressed in a blazer and work pants,” and that is so sick because I should be able to leave the house wearing a f-ing bikini and not have someone hollering at me. The fact that I have internalized this victim-blaming is sick.

So that is why I’m sharing my relatively story–so that I, and other women–don’t ever feel like they brought any of this upon themselves. I wish I had taken a picture of him, and next time I will. I am so grateful for this project.

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Blocking Path, Verbal

“I just wanted to go to work” – New story

I was walking to my unit to work dressed in my uniform when men that the hospital had hired from a staffing agency started whistling and talking about how big my breast were. The ring leader said when you gonna let me tap that. When I ignored him he said to the others “This b***h thinks she’s betta than us, I should take her right here”. I sped up trying to get away from them and he tried to block me. Swerving around him to try to get away, I slipped, fell and injured my back, hip, knee. The Hospital tried to send me back to work. They took no x-rays or test. They said that I might have some tissue damage but I’d be OK. And beside “I should be use to that kind of language and talk because I hear it in my neighborhood all the time”. No sorry, or empathy at all. Since incident [hospital] has done everything to cover it up, fire me and block helping me with my injuries. I almost wish I didn’t speak out about the harassment, I didn’t ask for it. I just wanted to go to work, and now I’m stuck with injuries that make working difficult. My advice is be true to who you are. But, if you speak up about being harassed especially if you are of a certain ethnicity, you most likely will be thrown in the dump.

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Verbal

“the policeman called us ‘cute'” – Mary’s story

Due to construction a policeman was directing traffic, I was driving past with my two girlfriends in the car when the policeman called us “cute” as we drove past him.

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Verbal

“some people only see you as a sex object” – Rose’s story

A gross old guy approached me as I was speedwalking to class from work. He looked me in the eye, said “I like the way them titties are bouncing up and down.” I kept walking but yelled “f— you, a–hole” over my shoulder at him. It’s hard to concentrate on school when you’re reminded that some people only see you as a sex object. I wish [college] would do something about it, because it seems like the East Baltimore campus is a hotbed of street harassment.

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Verbal

“big, long winter coat and boots” – Amanda’s story

Walking to a meeting at City Hall in a big, long winter coat and boots. Young guy walking in the opposite directions looks at me and says “Baby I would TEAR THAT ASS UP!”
I didn’t look at him and just kept on walking :-/

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