Masturbater on the Red Line

photo by chrisbb via flickr

I was taking taking the metro home from a concert alone late on a Sunday night it was about 11:30pm when I walked to the Union Station platform and trying to find a bench to sit on for the 20 minute train wait. When I finally found the side of a bench not full of people, I noticed this homeless man I had seen up by the gates had fallowed me down to the platform, the other side was full of people reading books or tuned into their  iPod. There was one younger woman sitting next to me, like me she had noticed the homeless man now circling the bench oggleing both of us and every now and then reaching down to his crotch and adjusting or felling himself, I deiced to ignore it hopeful he would stop. Then he left when a WMATA cop came round.

Then both trains came she got in one side, I in the other thinking the homeless man was gone.  Then I set down and look out the window only to find the man getting ready to sit in the handicap side when I looked away. I also then realized that I was the only other person in the car. As he set down he stuck his hand in his pants and pulled himself out and I tough eww he going to try to flash me; but no he had other intentions and he started to masturbate. I immediately moved to the other side of the car and switched cars at the nest stop. Then I got off to switch trains at Chinatown, I freaked he was going to follow me I saw him stand up hand down his pants but I guess there were to many people on the platform for him to be happy at the idea. I had no clue who to report it to I have been riding metro for almost all my life and that was the first time I have ever had that happen to me.

Submitted by anonymous

Location: Union station to  metro Center (Red Line)

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

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4 Responses

  1. hollabackdc

    Thanks for sharing your experience with us. Sorry this happened to you. There are several things you can do if you want to report an incident that happens in the Metro. If this ever happens to you and you feel comfortable and safe, snap a quick picture to give the police. To report, you can either go to the Metro kiosk on your way out of the station, tell the metro employee on duty what happened and have them call Transit Police. You can also call Metro Transit Police at 202-962-2121 24 hours a day.

    If you would still like to let WMATA know what happened to you but do not want to call the police you can do so here:

  2. Think MPS

    My heart goes out to you. You don’t deserve this. You’re better than this.

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  4. ninyabruja

    I was just in DC and noted that there ARE emergency intercoms in the subway cars.