Street harassed at Fort Totten: “Sexual harassment does NOT do me any favors!”

Location: Fort Totten Metro Station – Green/Yellow Line
Time: Night (7:30pm-12am)

As I was walking down the metro platform (after leaving training for volunteering at a rape crisis center no less), a man felt the need to tell me he was going to “eat my pussy” and that he was sure I “must be very wet.

When I kept on walking without acknowledging him, he began to assure his friends that it “must be really sour” and that he would be doing me a favor.

I’m still shaken up, and really angry that I didn’t do anything about it except continue on walking.

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 5/7/13 by “nmd”


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).

 

“I kept moving closer to the window, trying to ignore him but he kept getting closer.”

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Image via Mr. T in DC

Location: Green line between Georgia Ave and Fort Totten; going toward Greenbelt
Time:  Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

I was riding [the metro] back to my car at the Greenbelt station, reading a book when this older man came and sat next to me. For the next two stops he proceeded to inch closer to me, pressing his leg into mine. I kept moving closer to the window, trying to ignore him but he kept getting closer. He introduced himself to me and started asking me questions. I gave him short, non-descriptive answers and tried not to engage him. He went on to try to market himself as a lover and try to get my number. As we pulled up to Fort Totten I told him this was my stop (it wasn’t) and he proceeded to follow me off the train. He told me about the “sensuality of the ear” and then touched mine. He finally left me alone, I went up to the red line platform, waited a few minutes and went back to the green line. Not only did he make me feel extremely uncomfortable, he added 20 minutes to my trip home.

Submitted on 7/16/12 by “Amy A.”

If you experience or have experienced sexual harassment on the DC Metro system:
Please consider reporting to Metro Transit Police; www.wmata.com/harassment, on Twitter at @WMATAharassment, or 202-962-2121.

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.