“I deserve to take up space in public without being sexually assaulted.”

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Location: 7th and Pennsylvania NW
Time: Morning Rush Hour (5am-9:30am)

A guy next to me on the bus this morning was masturbating. Didn’t realize it until he got up to leave the bus and “fell” over so his crotch pushed up against my arm. I could feel his genitals through the fabric of his jeans, and his hand was way down his pants. He leered at me as he said “excuse me” and exited the bus. I was in such shock I just sat there and didn’t know what to do. A woman across from me I think saw what happened–she had a look of horror on her face, but she wouldn’t make eye contact with me afterward. Just covered her face with her hat and looked down the rest of the bus ride. That part made me even more upset–that this man taking advantage of me was also triggering for another woman. The impact of these type of assaults spreads further than we can know. I am so f’ing sick of this just being another Tuesday as a woman in public spaces. I will not just avoid being in public because men feel entitled to my body simply for existing in the world. I won’t stay home to avoid dealing with this bullshit–I deserve to take up space in public without being sexually assaulted on my way to work. This kind of crap has to stop. I’m pissed off, and you should be too. I donated to CASS this morning because this work is too important to not support.

Submitted 7/5/16

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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.

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“I Just Kept Walking, But It Has Left Me Feeling Angry and Distracted for Hours.”

Location: Federal Center SW Metro Station
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

As I was getting off of the escalator from the metro stop with my groceries, a man yelled “Damn, I would tear that ass up!” In a manner clearly directed at me.

The level of violence and disrespect directed at women who are just trying to go about their daily lives is completely unacceptable. It’s a distraction, and a reminder that there are men out there that think like that and assume that they’ll get away with it. I just kept walking, but it has left me feeling angry and distracted for hours.

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 9/17/13 by “M.P.”


Do you have a personal experience with gender-based public sexual harassment or assault? Submit 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. Recommended tip: 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).

Neck Groping on the Metro

Photo by obo-bobolina via flickr

I was riding home on the blue line and chatting with the person sitting behind me, but he got up to leave at L’Enfant. The guy who got on at that stop and sat down behind me immediately reached up and groped the back of my neck – dragged his fingertips and palms across my skin. I turned around and said the first thing that came to my mind: “No, none of that, you!” He smirked and sat back, but didn’t do anything else. I watched his reflection in the windows across from me to be sure, but I didn’t want to get up and admit that he’d spooked me. When I got off at my station a few stops later, he was hunched down with his headphones on and the brim of his Redskins hat pulled over his eyes. I was hoping he’d at least glare at me or something as I left, but it meant so little to him that he didn’t even notice as I left. Goddamnit, that’s frustrating. I just came home and scrubbed my neck.

Submitted by Anonymous on 11/17/2009

Location: Between L’Enfant and Federal Center SW

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