Red Line Thigh Gropping

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Photo by Picture Perfect via Flickr
Photo by Picture Perfect via Flickr

While riding the Red line towards Shady Grove, a man gets on at Rhode Island Ave and sits next to me. Right away I notice this is odd, because there are PLENTY of empty seats in the car. I have my book out and am clearly reading, but he starts making small talk. The usual questions: “How are you today?” “How old are you?” “Do you have a boyfriend?” “What station are you getting off at?” I’m a fairly passive person so I give brief answers, but then turn my attention back to my book. At one point he puts his hands in his lap, and the next thing I know the tips of his finger are on my thigh. I stupidly give him the benefit of the doubt, but sure enough, his hand creeps farther over. I pull my leg away and scoot as close to the wall as I can, and as soon as the train stops again I jump up and change trains.

To this day I am still INFURIATED that this man thinks he has the right to touch me; I’m also mad that I let him get away with it.

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One Response

  1. Alicia

    I’m so sorry that happened to you. You didn’t let him get away with anything. He violated you and your body. Just because you thought it might have been a mistake at first doesn’t mean you gave him permission. A similar thing happened to me on Thursday morning, which I just submitted to HollaBack DC. Stay strong.