Harassed at the Navy Yard Metro: “Don’t touch me!”

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Harassed at the Navy Yard Metro: “Don’t touch me!”

Location: Navy Yard Metro Station
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

I was waiting for the train to Greenbelt after work, when a unkempt man touched my arm. I had headphones on and didn’t see him approach, so I jumped and yelled, “Don’t touch me!” He started swearing at me and yelling, I think because I embarrassed him. He then followed me on to my [train]car and stared at me. At Waterfront, I snuck onto another car.

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 10/30/13 by Anonymous.

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