Not OK! Stranger On The Metro Can’t Take No For An Answer

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No means no!

Location: Orange Line – Rosslyn, Virginia
Time: Night (7:30pm-12am)

I was taking the New Carrollton train home and a man sat down next to me. I had worked late, and I normally prefer to sit alone anyways, so I was already tense. The man mumbled something about the train and red line, so I told him it went to Metro Center. I didn’t realize he was interested in knowing where I was going. He continued to try and engage me. He then rested his arm on my leg while he read the newspaper, and then moved his hand to my knee. I moved his hand and told him no.

He continued to try and talk to me, asking me about my plans for the night, if I had a boyfriend, if he could have my phone number, etc. I continued to rebuff his advances and he would not stop. He tried to put his arm around me, and I told him to stop touching me. At this point I noticed that he smelled slightly of alcohol.

After I exited the train, he followed me, trying to go with me. I moved away from him quickly and joined a crowd of people standing on the platform. By the time I left the group of people, he was gone, but I was still throughly shaken up.

Submitted 6/21/14 by “Hayley.”

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