Assault At Watergate

I was walking in front of the Watergate Complex and was sexually assaulted by a stranger. I was sitting in on a bench, putting a band-aid on a blistered foot, and he approached and sat down beside me. I was suspicious and was worried about him taking my purse, and so I moved it to my other side. He moved closer until he was touching against me and proposed something sexual. When I said no, and told him I was going to walk away, he got angry, got on top of me, and pinned me against the bench, saying awful, sexual comments and threats, and started groping me. I tried to fight him off, but he only ran away when a couple of pedestrians came close on the sidewalk.

There was nothing the police could do, because I wouldn’t have been able to identify him. Also, Georgetown University campus security ignored my complaint and didn’t send out a warning to the campus community.

So be careful–something that seems to be just sexual suggestions and harassment at first can easily turn into a dangerous, terrifying experience. It can be ten times worse when you have no ability to do anything about it. After that, I have always carried pepper spray with me, even though it is illegal to buy it in D.C. We need to change D.C. law in order to empower women to protect themselves from harassers and assaulters.

Thank you for appearing on WAMU, to give me the opportunity to share my story and warn other women.

Submitted on 6/17/2010 by K.E.C.

Location: Rock Creek Parkway, in front of the Watergate Complex

Time of Harassment: Night (7:30P-12A)

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3 Responses

  1. cathy
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    i think you probably mean GWU, which unfortunately doesn’t surprise me. they are loathe to help people report and send out alerts; sometimes they appear a day or two later.

    i’m very sorry for what happened, and thank you for sharing your story.

  2. Grace
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    I totally agree with you about the pepper spray! Thanks for sharing your experience.

  3. Counterpoint
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    “After that, I have always carried pepper spray with me, even though it is illegal to buy it in D.C. We need to change D.C. law in order to empower women to protect themselves from harrassers and assaulters.”

    Absolutely wrong. Perfectly legal to purchase and possess in D.C.. See D.C. Code DC ST § 7-2502.13. You can have, “chloroacetophenone, alphacloracetophenone, phenylchloromethylketone, orthochlorobenazalm-alononitrile or oleoresin capsicum.”. When you buy it, go register it with MPD. The office is located in the main lobby of 300 Indiana Ave., N.W..

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