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).

“A Man Exposed Himself to Me on the Metro Bus — And No One Helped!”

Location: DC Circulator bus towards Navy Yard
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

I was riding the bus sitting next to a man who kept touching his knee to mine and touching his crotch. I wondered if I should say something, but didn’t….until he exposed himself. I yelled at him and got up from the seat and he told ME I was crazy! One girl asked me if I was okay (not really, but I do appreciate the concern) and everyone else carried on as if nothing had happened.

Here’s a tip for all of the non-disgusting men (and women) out there. Should you ever witness a situation like this, please speak up and demand that someone call the police or do it yourself. Don’t rely on the person who just had some asshole show her his dick to ask for something to be done.

Submitted 8/20/14 by “SRW.”

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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).

Dupont Circle Panera Fails to Take Sexual Harassment Seriously!

Location: DuPont Circle Panera (1350 Connecticut Ave NW)
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

I was studying downstairs at the Panera in Dupont Circle when I looked to my right and a man had his pants fully down and was masturbating in my direction. I screamed and ran upstairs to get a manager. The man walked past me and the manager on the stairs and I pointed him out. The manager asked if I wanted a cookie or anything. I told him I wanted him to call the police. He asked which seat the man was in so he could clean it off. I was crying and shaking and not sure what to do, so I left the Panera. Later I had composed myself and decided I wanted to report it. I called the police, who came to the Panera and told me they couldn’t file an official report if the man was gone. They also told me I should have called them right away so they had a chance of finding the guy, and that I should have captured what he was doing in a photo or video so they could have evidence against him. I tried to contact Panera about training their employees to respond to such incidents and didn’t get a response – but they did quickly delete my yelp review when I described what happened on the site. I haven’t been back to the Panera.

Submitted 8/4/14 by Anonymous.

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Copy/paste: “Hey @panerabread: This story is not OK! What are you doing to take sexual harassment seriously? www.bit.ly/paneraSH #endSH @safespacesDC”

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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).

“The Last Thing I Need On My Lunch Break? Sexual Harassment From A Public Masturbator.”

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“The Last Thing I Need On My Lunch Break? Sexual Harassment from A Public Masturbator.”

Location: 7th and Constitution NW (Archives/ L’Enfant Plaza)
Time:
 Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

I work by L’Enfant Plaza and like to enjoy my lunch break walking along the mall and resting on one of their benches. When I reached a place to sit today, there was no one on the benches around me. After about 10 minutes, a man stood in front of me talking and I couldn’t understand anything; until he told me to spread my legs. Then I noticed he was rubbing himself. I told him no, stood up, and started walking fast toward a group on people walking by. He stopped talking as I walked away, and I saw him sitting on the bench where I was at before.

Submitted 7/14/14 by Anonymous.

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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. 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 Reported An Incident of Public Masturbation On Metro.”

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Location: Blue/Orange Line towards VA, Federal Center SW
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

I got on at Eastern Market, a few minutes after 11 am on a Monday morning, at my usual door (last door, second to last car) to expedite my travels upon my arrival at my destination. The car was relatively empty and I locked eyes with a young, attractive, well-dressed man upon getting on the train. I noted the look in his eyes. I kept to myself, playing on my phone, until looking up to see what stop we were pulling into when I noticed him stroking himself out of his pants, with his dick pointed at me. I didn’t say anything, but I probably physically reacted. I got up and got off the metro since we’d just pulled into Federal Center SW. I tried to snap a photo of him through the window, but he never turned around.

I reported the incident to station manager who called ahead to get the train stopped at the next station. The station manager recommended I not sit in the back of the metro, but closer to the operator in the future, which I get is good advice, but I should be able to sit wherever on the metro and not be at risk. I also made a statement to the police. I was disappointed to learn that there are no cameras on the metro cars. I saved Metro PD’s number in my phone for the future.

He was young (maybe 25ish), wearing a lumberjack, ear flap-style hat and a dark grey or blue wool jacket. He never said anything to me. He never reacted to my reaction to him. He never turned around to see what I was doing after I got off the metro.

Submitted 2/3/14 by Anonymous.


UPDATE: This reader’s submission was also published by Prince of Petworth. She has also written into CASS with more information:

This is the fourth time in 10 years, I’ve experienced similar harassment on public transportation – once in Rome, once in Boston and twice here in DC. I think this was the most aggressive incident, and certainly the only one with an exposed penis. Prince of Petworth (PoP) published my story a few hours after the incident happened. Not long after, PoP received another very similar account from a woman who experienced a public masturbator on Metro later that evening. The man she described was wearing the same clothes I reported, so I feel confident that it was the same perpetrator, but I can’t say so definitively.

The Metro station manager did mention that he has spoken to other station managers about this and knows it is a growing problem and wanted to say the right thing, but didn’t really know it was.
He did something to the effect that he knew he’d never be able to fully understand what it is like as a woman to witness this behavior. But his advice that I strategically sit close to the Metro operator in order to avoid instances has some problems. I purposely ride the metro so that I’ll be at an escalator at my arriving station. (I don’t like the idea of being trapped alone or isolated at the end of metro platform and much prefer to be the first one up an escalator, particularly on nights and weekends.) If I followed his advice, which may be wise while on the train, when I would arrive to my home station I know I’d be the farthest from the escalator by being closest to the operator, which would leave me feeling vulnerable.

NOTE FROM CASS: As many CASS followers know, we helped push for WMATA to implement its first-ever reporting and tracking system for sexual harassment and assault in 2012. Starting in 2014, all 3,000 of WMATA’s frontline employees — including Metro Transit Police, bus drivers, station managers and more — will be trained in recognizing and responding to public sexual harassment and assault. We’re sending this post their way to make sure they know this can’t come soon enough.

Take a stand against public sexual harassment and assault: Donate now.


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).

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