“He flashed his genitals at me.”

Location: 13th Street and L Street NW, Washington, DC
Time: Night (7:30pm-12:00am)

I was walking on L St, just past 13th, when I heard a hiss. I looked toward that direction and saw a naked man standing in the window of an apartment building. He flashed his genitals at me. I quickly turned and walked away. It seems like he was standing there for quite some time waiting to flash any woman who walked by.

Submitted 5/1/15 by “DW.”

Do you have a personal experience with gender-based public sexual harassment or assault? Share your story to help raise awareness about the pervasiveness and harmful effects of street harassment. All submissions are posted anonymously unless otherwise specified.

If you experience or have experienced sexual harassment on the DC Metro system: Whether the event is happening at the moment or occurred months ago, we strongly encourage you to report to Metro Transit Police (MTP): www.wmata.com/harassment or 202-962-2121. Reporting helps identify suspects as well as commons trends in harassment. You can program MTP’s number into your phone so you can easily reach them when needed.

If you need assistance in coping with public sexual harassment or assault, please contact the DC Rape Crisis Center (DCRCC) 24/7 crisis hotline at 202-333-RAPE (202-333-7279).

One Response

  1. Rae
    |

    A few years ago, I got a cab at 14th & U around midnight to go home. I live near Cleveland Park. Cab driver was very tall, big, heavy black man with flag from African nation hanging off his rearview mirror. He insisted on taking Park Road through Rock Creek Park even though I didnt walk to go that way. Then when on Park Road he turned onto a side street which was the wrong way. I told him he was going the wrong way. He started screaming at me and told me he knew where he was going. I told him he was going the wrong way again and he took another turn onto a street which I know is a dead into a park. I told him , this is the wrong way! This is a dead end! (I was TERRIFIED). He started screaming that he was the driver and not to tell him where to go. When he started to turn down the dead end street, I knew I was in danger and I had to do something. Thank God, that in that moment, I saw a couple walking their dog. I rolled down window and started screaming LET ME OUT. STOP THE CAR AND LET ME OUT. And he noticed the couple and he stopped the car and let me out. I was very lucky in that a friend of mine lived only a few blocks away and I ran to their house and was safe. It was a very close call.