“The Last Thing I Need On My Lunch Break? Sexual Harassment From A Public Masturbator.”

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“The Last Thing I Need On My Lunch Break? Sexual Harassment from A Public Masturbator.”

Location: 7th and Constitution NW (Archives/ L’Enfant Plaza)
Time:
 Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

I work by L’Enfant Plaza and like to enjoy my lunch break walking along the mall and resting on one of their benches. When I reached a place to sit today, there was no one on the benches around me. After about 10 minutes, a man stood in front of me talking and I couldn’t understand anything; until he told me to spread my legs. Then I noticed he was rubbing himself. I told him no, stood up, and started walking fast toward a group on people walking by. He stopped talking as I walked away, and I saw him sitting on the bench where I was at before.

Submitted 7/14/14 by Anonymous.

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