What is #RespectMeDC?
#RespectMeDC is a campaign featuring actual members of the LGBTQ community and their lived experiences that focuses on promoting an environment of respect, solidarity, and safety for DC’s LGBTQ community. The campaign was developed by the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs with consultation from community members, advocates, and LGBTQ-serving organizations in response to a rise in reported hate crimes nationally and in the District. The #RespectMeDC campaign consists of ads that will appear citywide on buses and bus shelters in the fall of 2019 and social media content promoted through the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs.
Spread the word about the campaign by sharing the ads on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #RespectMeDC.
Hate Crimes in DC
What is a hate crime?
A bias-related crime, or hate crime, is a crime that is motivated wholly or in part by the accused’s prejudice based on the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibility, homelessness, physical disability, matriculation, or political affiliation of a victim of the subject designated act.
How do I report a hate crime?
- Call 911 for a crime in progress or one that has just happened
- Call the DC Victim Hotline to recieve free confidential, around-the-clock support and resources for victims of ALL CRIME in the District of Columbia.
- Call or visit your local Metropolitan Police Department district station.
- Call the Hate Crimes Voicemail at (202) 727-0500, which allows individuals in the District to provide information regarding hate crimes anonymously, if they wish. Please note that MPD may not be able to investigate the information as a crime if there is not enough information, so contact information for any follow up questions may be helpful.
- Contact a member of the Special Liaison Branch
- Mail or email a written statement with the complaint that contains information to support a claim that the incident constitutes a bias-related crime. Statements should be sent to:
Hate Crimes Coordinator
Homeland Security Bureau
Metropolitan Police Department
300 Indiana Avenue, NW, Room 3000
Washington, DC 20001
Email: [email protected]
Street Harassment in DC
What is street harassment?
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. 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.
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.
You can also share your story of street harassment to help make DC a safer place for all DC residents here.