The No Street Harassment DC campaign promotes awareness of the harm caused by street harassment with a specific focus on vulnerable populations in the District. The campaign is government-funded and was developed by the DC Office of Human Rights (OHR) in consultation with the District's Advisory Committee on Street Harassment. The goal of the campaign is to reduce incidents of street harassment and increase understanding as to what street harassment is and the places where it can occur.
The Street Harassment Prevention Act of 2018 defines street harassment as any disrespectful, offensive or threatening statements, gestures or other conduct directed at an individual in a high-risk area without the individual’s consent and based on the individual’s actual or perceived protected trait identified in the DC Human Rights Act of 1977.The five campaign ads feature identities that are the most common targets for unwanted comments and harassment in public spaces including women, individuals experiencing homelessness and more. The ads will appear citywide on bus shelters, within buses and at bikeshares in September 2019.
Please help spread the word about the campaign by sharing the ads (see below) on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using hashtag #NoStreetHarassmentDC.
Frequently Asked QuestionsIs street harassment considered a crime in DC?
Though incidents of street harassment such as threatening statements or offensive gestures can often incite fear and escalate into violent acts or crime, these activities in themselves may or may not constitute as a criminal act under District law. If you believe you may be a victim of assault, stalking or a bias or hate motivated act in the District, contact the DC Victim Hotline for support at 1-844-4HELPDC (1-844-443-5732). The DC Victims Hotline service provides around-the-clock free, confidential information for victims of ALL crimes in DC. Visit www.dcvictim.org for more information.How do I report street harassment that does not rise to the level of crime?
Currently there is no central reporting mechanism for street harassment incidents in public spaces in DC. However, for ANY incident of harassment or sexual misconduct on public transit, including WMATA Metro stations, trains and buses, you can report your experience by visiting, wmata.com/harassment.
One of the major goals of this inaugural campaign on street harassment is to gather information from the public in efforts better understand where it most frequently occurs and to identify the best solution for tracking and addressing incidents in real-time. If you or someone you know has experienced non-violent street harassment in a rideshare, at a bar or even while at the bank, we want to hear from you.
To learn more about street harassment and victim support services locally and nationally, below are some advocacy organizations and resources. The Office of Human Rights does not endorse the organizations or speech provided in the resource links below.
Street Harassment Blogs
DC Victims Hotline (for victims of all crime in DC)
DC Rape Crisis Center (for survivors of rape and sexual violence in DC)
RAINN (for survivors of rape, abuse or incest)
National Domestic Violence Hotline (for victims and survivors of domestic violence)
The Trevor Project (for victims of LGBTQ hate or bias)
1in6 (for male survivors of sexual violence)