“I Was Groped on the Metro”

Location: Red Line – Metro Center towards Shady grove
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

I’m a mid 20’s hispanic female [and] was on my way home from work sitting in a window seat on the metro. [An] older male sits next to me even though the car is almost empty. I sit closer to the window as he opens up a newspaper and inches more towards me then starts rubbing my upper thigh. I immediately stand up and loudly say “excuse you!!!” He just looks up and smiles. I had to climb over the bastard and run out of the car at the next stop and immediately ask metro staff for help and to report it. They say there’s nothing they can do cause I didn’t hit the emergency button which was on the opposite side of the car of me. There was no way in hell I was staying in that car one stop longer.

Submitted 10/29/14 by Anonymous.

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