“The Cab Driver Started Masturbating and Watching Me in The Rear View Mirror”

Location: Wisconsin Avenue/Friendship Heights
Time: Night (7:30pm-12am)

Around 8pm one evening, I got in a cab on Wisconsin Avenue, NW, and the cab driver took a side street and started masturbating and looking at me in rear view mirror while talking. I was afraid that if I said something or tried to get out that the situation could get worse — so I waited til we got to a main street and got out.

He drives a green cab. He is in his 50s or early 60s, medium build/height, dirty gray shoulder length hair, dirty clothes.

Submitted 10/18/14 by Anonymous.

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Creepy Encounter in Friendship Heights: “He Followed Me & Watched Me Go Into My Building.”

Location: Willard Ave. and Friendship Blvd. (Friendship Heights)
Time: Night (7:30pm-12am)

This past summer I was sitting on the benches on the corner of Willard and Friendship Blvd. The benches run along side the Willoughby apartment complex and a small park. I was talking on my cell phone and a young man walked over and sat on the bench beside me. He walked oddly and seemed like something was mentally wrong with him, although he looked completely normal. As I was talking, he pulled out his phone and started talking.

I thought nothing of it at first. Then he started talking louder, not making conversation, but just saying words like yes, no etc. I saw him looking over at me and then he started talking even louder, and he said “I love you” and “I love you too” a couple of times as if he was speaking to a woman.

It was very loud and he kept looking over at me, so it made me very uncomfortable and I walked away. I went to go into my apartment building and I turned around and there he was, he had followed me and stood at the top of the driveway watching me go into the building.

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 11/27/13 by Anonymous.

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“I Was Harassed & Leered at While Riding the Metro Bus in Friendship Heights”

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“I Was Harassed & Leered at While Riding the Metro Bus in Friendship Heights”

Location: E4 bus stop at the Friendship Heights Metro Station
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

As I sat down on the bus, waiting for the driver to pull away from the stop, an older gentleman in his business suit came in. Though the bus was fairly empty, and he would have had no problems finding a seat nearby, he came and sat down next to me. Since he was a bigger man, my own personal space was invaded and he then started to lean over onto my side. Though I wasn’t directly looking at him, I could tell that he was staring at me, watching my every move.

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 10/28/13 by Anonymous.


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Harassed By DC Bus Driver: “I was relying on him to get me home, not hit on me & make me feel unsafe!”

Location: “E” bus from Friendship Heights to Petworth
Time: Night (7:30pm-12am)

I was rushing to the Friendship Heights bus stop after work around 11:30pm but slowed down once I saw that the driver was still standing outside the bus. As I approached I reached into my bag to pull out my metro card and a slip of paper fell out; I picked it up and went to get on the bus. I then hear from behind me, “hey, you dropped my number back there” and turn around to see it was the bus driver. I find that “pick-up line” to be very uncreative and just plain stupid (as most of them are) so I reply “Oh yeah?”, annoyingly chuckle, and continue to board the bus while ignoring him.

Its a full bus and I sit near the front so when its time for me to get off at my stop I walk towards the front exit. As I’m turning to walk down the steps of the bus I feel someone reach out and tap my hand. I turn around once again to see the bus driver with a stupid grin on his face and he is starting to rattle off his phone number. I immediately say “ha”, give him a dirty look and step off the bus.

What I really felt like doing was yelling at him to leave me the hell alone. I encounter street harassment on the regular, as many other people do too, and it is never ok. This particular situation made me uncomfortable because it was someone that I was relying on to get me home, he was on the clock for a public service job, and he reached into my space and physically touched me. Don’t violate my space, looking for attention!

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 5/9/13 by “Sara Shaw”


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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.

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“I’d been yelled at before but never had anyone be persistent and follow me.”

Location: Friendship Heights
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

Several years ago I was walking down Wisconsin Ave on the sidewalk heading south in front of the shops in Friendship Heights. It was probably a Saturday around 4 or 5 pm, the weather was warm, so there were plenty of people also about. Out of the blue I heard some guy yelling at me. I can’t remember what he said, if it was about my skirt or just “hey girl”. I ignored him and kept walking. My memory is a bit fuzzy since this was a while ago but he may have said something again and I looked back at him and kept on walking. Then he yelled “are you Chinese” or “are you Japanese”. I kept walking. Then he yelled “do you understand English?” I was already uncomfortable before this but at this point this was really feeling creepy. I’d been yelled at before but never had anyone be persistent and follow me. I decided to try to lose him. Rodmans was just ahead so I went into the store and I looked back to actually see the guy follow me in to the store! He didn’t see me though. I found a rear exit to the store and went out. I stayed off Wisconsin Ave at first but then got back on to it and didn’t see him anymore and went home. I wonder now, after reading Liz Gorman’s story, if I had called the police would they have done something about it?

Submitted on 7/20/12 by Anonymous

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Submit your story to help raise awareness about the pervasiveness and harmful effects of street harassment. All submissions are posted anonymously unless otherwise specified.

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