“No one stepped in to help me.”

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Time: Morning Rush Hour (5am-9:30am)
Location:Southern Avenue Station Bus Bay

I’m sexually harassed on a near-daily basis as I walk through the Southern Avenue bus bay to get to the metro station, but today was out of the ordinary. Two guys walked past me; one made some comment directed at me that I didn’t hear, and the other asked me, “Can I call you?” I replied, “No. Go away,” to which the men responded by laughing and mocking me, repeating “Go away” in a high-pitched voice. It was eerily similar to an elementary school playground. Not one of the approximately 20 people waiting for buses stepped in to help me as I walked away.

Submitted 12/13/16 by “JW”

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).

“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

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).

Public Masturbation at Bus Stop in Chevy Chase: “He was fully exposed.”

Location: L8 Stop on Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, MD
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

I was waiting by myself at the L8 bus stop on the way home from work. Traffic on Connecticut Avenue was stop and go. A small black car pulls up, and a man 25-35 years old casually asked: “Is this the fastest way to the Beltway?” When I looked over at him, he was fully exposed and jerking off. I didn’t get the license plate or any other identifying information before he drove away, so I did not report it to the police, but I wish I had! It seems to me that he has done this before and will do it again.

Submitted 9/9/15 by “FRB”

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).

Harassed on the Bus: “I’m Trying Not to Let it Ruin My Day”

Location: P6 Bus Route, heading North
Time: Morning Rush Hour (5am-9:30am)

Just an hour ago, an older man in a blue sweatshirt, hat, and light colored jeans sitting across from the rear doors on the bus harassed me from the time I got on the bus, all the way to my stop. He smelled like urine, and kept leaning over and in a low voice threatening me with violence, calling me names, and trying to show me something on his flip phone.

I wasn’t sure what to do, whether I should yell at him that he can’t talk to people like that, or to just pretend he wasn’t there. I opted to stay quiet and stoic, not reacting to what he said. Other people were sitting or standing close enough to hear and did nothing. After I got off at my destination, I called Metro Transit Police and tried to report it, [and] they said they would try to track down the bus and look into who was doing it.

I hope that no one else will have to hear the garbage from his mouth that I did. I’m trying not to let it ruin my day, but it will probably haunt me.

Submitted 1/12/14 by Anonymous.

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).

“I Was Followed and Harassed While Busing Home from Work”

Location: ART 43 bus stop at Wilson Blvd & N Fort Myer Dr (Rosslyn, Virginia)
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

This happened back in August of 2014. It was 90+ degrees outside and there was a steady breeze. I had on a vintage 50’s style sundress. I got the chance to escape work a few minutes early and took it; I got to the bus stop for the ART 43 from Rosslyn to Crystal City and was about 15 minutes early for the 3:27 bus. This bus stop is not with the rest of the bus stops at the Rosslyn metro, but on the other-side of the station at a isolated corner next to the Dumpster for the Hyatt Arlington. Usually when I get there there are two or three office type people and two ladies who clean for the hotel waiting for the bus. That day there was no one.

I was just standing there looking at the windows of the office building across the street. The wind gusted and my skirt lifted up. I stepped in to a fire escape doorway that’s there so I don’t have to hold my skirt down from the wind, when this middle-aged guy who looked like a kitchen worker at the hotel pops up out of nowhere and says I look pretty. I could tell he spoke very little English and smiled and said Gracias. He smiled back and I started poking at my cell phone.

He moved to trap me in the doorway, then he asked me if I “like a date.” I said “no,” and tried to move past him, but he blocked me and then he reached out to pet my hair. I flinched, his movements were threatening and I thought he was going to hit me. Then he asked if was was married. I wear a few rings and moved one over to my ring finger and showed it and said yes and used that moment to squeeze past him.

Luckily the bus was pulling up and I jumped on… Then he got on too. There was a few other people on the bus, and I sat as near to the bus driver has I could and took up the seat next to me with my bag. I got off the bus at Crystal City, he also got off the bus I was little freaked out now, and looked to see if there was a metro employee around to stand by while I waited for the 23 bus, but no one was around. As I neared the bus stop for the 23, a little old man came running out of the door of the building across the street waving a rolled up Express paper and hit the guy following me up-side the head and starts yelling at him in Spanish, from the little Spanish I know I know they were not nice things.

The creep who had been following me took off for the Metro station at full speed to get away form the old man. The old man turned to me and said, “He will not bother you any more,” I asked what do you mean, and he told me that that guy was, “Muy malo”(very bad) he does things to ladies. And that if he even talked to me, “his family in El Salvador would pay.”

The 23 Metro bus pulled up, and I got on. I don’t know who freaked me out more — the creep who had followed me or the old man. I have seen both of the men on the bus or around my neighborhood. The old man watches me whenever I go to the Laundry mat, not one of the guys in there will go near me (this actually makes me feel safe), and I think that is his intention. The other guy is a regular on the 43 now but won’t even look in my direction now.

Submitted 1/02/14 by “Bunny.”

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).

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