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.”
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