“I Was Sexually Harassed on the Red Line”

“I Was Sexually Harassed on the Red Line”

Location: Red Line (between Metro Center & Chinatown)
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

I was standing on the train. Two men sat down near where I was standing. The man closest to me started talking to me. This was around 6pm on a Friday, so the train car was decently crowded.

Man: Can I touch you?
Me: No.
Man: You got a number?
Me (ignores him)
Man (louder): You got a number?
Me: I’m not giving it to you. The man starts saying inappropriate things so I walked towards the door.
Man (yelling down the car): I LICK BUTT! I LICK BUTT! I LICK BUTT! HEY GIRL WITH THE CAMOUFLAGE PANTS! I LICK BUTT! etc.

The door couldn’t open quickly enough.

Submitted 2/6/14 by “NS.”

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