“I Was Upskirted on the DC Metro”

Location: Smithsonian Metro Stop
Time: Morning Rush Hour (5am-9:30am)

I was in one of the last cars on the metro and was one of the last people to leave the station this morning. The other person was a man — mid-40s, dark hair, wearing a suit. He wasn’t close enough for me to get a better description and was staring at his smartphone as I passed through the gates. On the escalator, I thought a breeze was lifting the back of my skirt, but it was that guy behind me lifting it as he walked past.

I wish my reaction was something more than a resigned, “oh well, it happens.” I’m very aware of my surroundings (especially after past incidences), and it felt like not being hyper-vigilant for 10 seconds is how this happened.

Submitted 10/14/14 by “A.”

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