“I Was Groped on Metro & Didn’t Report to Police. Did I Do the Right Thing?”

Location: Escalators at Metro Center Metro Station
Time: Night (7:30pm-12am)

My ass was grabbed—hard—on a metro escalator as I was walking up on the left. When I turned around to see who it was, there was a group of 3-4 teen boys giggling about it. Two grown men were ahead of me on the escalator and LAUGHED when I asked the boys “Did you just grab my ass? Which one of you did that?” I was more upset that grown men didn’t intervene or say something to the boys than I was at the boys. When we got to the top of the escalator, there were a few metro cops standing right there, but I didn’t bring them into it because I didn’t want to ruin the teens lives with charges on their records especially since I didn’t know which one did it. They shot me looks of gratitude as we all walked by the police to our connecting train and the two grown men also looked shocked that I didn’t say anything to the police. Did I do the right thing?

Submitted 8/13/14 by “LD.”

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