This Is Scary & Unacceptable – And Exactly Why We Need A Movement to End Street Harassment!

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Scary & Unacceptable: “A Stranger Took Video of Me & My Toddler on the Metro”

Location: Red line metro, before Brookland
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

A woman approached me and told me that a man was taking a video of my legs with his camera phone. I wore shorts that day; it was hot and I had to push my toddler in his stroller. She told me that he had been filming my legs and using the zoom function to get close-ups. The man overheard her and jumped off the train at Brookland before I could confront him.

I am so scared, sad, and upset. The possibility that there is an image or video of my son (who was sitting next to me) on some awful person’s phone makes me want to throw up.

Submitted 5/15/14 by Anonymous.

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