“I Was Sexually Harassed at the Bus Stop by Union Station”

"I Was Sexually Assaulted at a Bus Stop by Union Station DC"
“I Was Sexually Assaulted at a Bus Stop by Union Station”

Location: Bus stop at N. Capitol and Massachusetts Ave. NE (Union Station)
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

A clearly mentally ill man was muttering to himself and wandering around the bus stop at N. Capitol and Mass. I walked past him to wait for my bus and he tried to lift up my skirt. I dodged, but he kept walking toward me and extending his hand at thigh-level like he was going to try again. I just tried to avoid him until my bus came. The whole time he was staring at me, cursing and moving toward me even as I tried to change positions on the sidewalk.

When the bus finally came, he tried to put his hands on me as I was getting on, but another passenger got in his way. He started at me through the window until we pulled away.

While his behavior was sexual harassment, the man clearly needed help. I hope he finds it.

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 11/4/13 by “O.H.”

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