“I Was Assaulted at a DC Bar for Turning Down a Stranger’s Advances.”

“I Was Assaulted At A DC Bar For Turning Down a Stranger’s Advances.” Photo via Flickr user constantskeptic.

Location: Midtown Nightclub in Dupont Circle
Time: Night (7:30pm-12am)

I am new to the DC area and a couple friends invited me to meet up with them at this nightclub. I made it to the club and was going up the stairs to meet my friends on the third floor. Two men in their mid-20’s yelled that I was “fine as hell” and cornered me. They starting touching me (one grabbed my thigh, the other my shoulders) and I resisted, shaking them off. This angered one man and he scratched my face while trying to grab me.

I should’ve alerted a bouncer or a police officer (though I get the feeling this happens frequently at this particular establishment), but I didn’t. I won’t be going back there.

Submitted 1/31/14 by “Katelyn.”
Emphases by CASS. 

NOTE FROM CASS: Sexual harassment and assault at bars and alcohol-serving establishments is a common — and completely intolerable — problem. CASS tackles the issue through our Safe Bars program, which trains staff at alcohol-serving establishments to recognize and respond to incidents of sexual harassment and assault. If you work at a bar, club, restaurant or other alcohol-serving establishment and you’d like to become a Safer Bar, we’d be happy to come and work with your staff. Contact zosia@collectiveactiondc.org for details.

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