As I walked by a parked car, I realized he was inside masturbating, looking at me.

Location:16th and Spring NW
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

Around 9:30 on a Saturday morning I was walking down 16th Street with my small son when I noticed a man in a parked car looking at me, as I walked by the car I saw that he was masturbating. I was disgusted and shocked and kept walking. By the time I realized I should report it I also realized I had no idea how to describe the car beyond “dark sedan” or the exact location. I wish I had been able to get a license plate or something.

Submitted 6/6/17 by “KG”

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“He promptly started rubbing himself.”

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Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)
Location: Between McPherson Sq and Metro Center

I’m 5 months pregnant and was happy to find one empty seat on the metro train. I sat down next to a man who promptly started rubbing himself over his jeans.

Submitted 11/23/16 by “BL”

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“He was sitting in his car, masturbating and looking at me.”

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Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)
Location: 8th and F (in front of the Smithsonian Gallery of Art)

I was sitting on the steps talking to my friend on the phone when I noticed a car had pulled up to the curb in front of me and had their music playing very loudly. I glanced over annoyed because I couldn’t hear my friend on the phone and saw a man with his penis out masturbating while looking at me. I got up quickly and he drove away but I took down his license plate and reported him to the police.

Submitted 11/14/16 by “Clara”

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“He placed a newspaper over his lap and began stroking himself.”

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Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)
Location: Silver Line Metro (Foggy Bottom to Rosslyn)

I was riding the silver line home from DC when a man sat down next to me. There were plenty of seats on the train, but he chose the one next to me. I feel like he chose me because I was busy studying and not paying attention to what was going on in the train. He placed a newspaper over his lap and began stroking himself. When I looked at him, he would stop, but when I looked away he would continue. I grabbed my belongings and said I am getting off the train, and he said “have a nice day.”

I was disgusted and went straight to the Metro police to report the incident.

Submitted 10/18/16 by “JP”

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Public Masturbation on the Red Line: “I Yelled at Him to Get Off at the Next Stop.”

Location: Red Line Train to Shady Grove, Washington, DC
Time:  Night (7:30pm-12am)

Video of Perpetrator is located here: http://youtu.be/Lz8MlgLgNtw. A man began to masturbate as soon as the person sitting in the seat in front of him left the train. He was sitting in the last seat at the end of the train car. I was sitting cornered across from him in the seat that faces that end of the car seats. He was wearing all grey, a button up grey long sleeve shirt with grey slacks and grey sneakers. He concealed his genitalia with a khaki-colored backpack, which he lifted to expose himself. While the train was full, I’d avoided eye contact from him. After the area cleared and he began to masturbate, I yelled loudly: “Everybody look at this guy here masturbating.” I took out my phone, told him I’m going to take his photo, and post it on the Internet. He took out his phone, may have also taken my photo then pretended to have a phone conversation. I yelled for him to get off at the next stop. He did, although not before calling me a “stupid bitch.” At the same stop a Metro employee boarded who I recounted the story to, and she told me to call the train operator. My final action was to email the pictures to WMATA.

Submitted 7/6/15 by “Anonymous”

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