“He flashed his genitals at me.”

Location: 13th Street and L Street NW, Washington, DC
Time: Night (7:30pm-12:00am)

I was walking on L St, just past 13th, when I heard a hiss. I looked toward that direction and saw a naked man standing in the window of an apartment building. He flashed his genitals at me. I quickly turned and walked away. It seems like he was standing there for quite some time waiting to flash any woman who walked by.

Submitted 5/1/15 by “DW.”

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“I Was Sexually Harassed at the Bus Stop — & Here’s His License Plate Number.”

Location: Circulator stop at K St. NW and 12th St. NW DC (Mt. Vernon/Convention Center)
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

This driver pulled up next to me while I stood at a bus stop, with the passenger side window rolled down, and had his penis out and was masturbating, and leaned over to further get my attention. He only pulled away when I pulled out my phone to take a photo of his face, but I got his (DC) license plate: EF 6328

Submitted 1/10/13 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. 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 Was Chastised for Speaking Back to Street Harassment”

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“I Was Chastised for Speaking Back to Street Harassment”

Location: Mt. Vernon Square/Convention Center Metro Station
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

I was getting off the train at the Mt. Vernon Square/Convention Center stop for a train headed towards Greenbelt. I had headphones on, but I saw a man gesturing at me. In a break between songs, I heard him say, “That’s a nice dress.” I replied, “I didn’t ask your opinion.” The man proceeded to tell me, “That’s not how you talk to a gentleman.” I rolled my eyes and exited the train. He remained seated.

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 10/30/13 by Anonymous.


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 wish I could feel safe…in my own neighborhood.”

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Location: 6th & M St. NW (Mt. Vernon Square/Convention Center Metro)
Time:  Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

I had just exited the Mt. Vernon Square metro and was walking home after work. I saw out of the corner of my eye that a white van had slowed down to my right. The man driving the van had his head out the window and was cat calling things like, “damnnnn,” “look at thatttt” and whistling. When I was outside my apartment building a few minutes after this incident, a man on the steps of the building said, “damnnn, did you see the ass on that girl?” to his friend, about me.

What a terrible commute home from work. I wish I could feel safe and walk down the street in my own neighborhood without worrying about which man will be the next one to objectify my body, comment on it in a demeaning way, and leave me feeling threatened and paranoid. I don’t want public existence to be one of paranoia.

Submitted on 7/23/12 by Anonymous

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:
Please consider reporting to Metro Transit Police: www.wmata.com/harassment; 202-962-2121.