“I Was Sexually Harassed at the Bus Stop by Union Station”

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“I Was Sexually Assaulted at a Bus Stop by Union Station”

Location: Bus stop at N. Capitol and Massachusetts Ave. NE (Union Station)
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

A clearly mentally ill man was muttering to himself and wandering around the bus stop at N. Capitol and Mass. I walked past him to wait for my bus and he tried to lift up my skirt. I dodged, but he kept walking toward me and extending his hand at thigh-level like he was going to try again. I just tried to avoid him until my bus came. The whole time he was staring at me, cursing and moving toward me even as I tried to change positions on the sidewalk.

When the bus finally came, he tried to put his hands on me as I was getting on, but another passenger got in his way. He started at me through the window until we pulled away.

While his behavior was sexual harassment, the man clearly needed help. I hope he finds it.

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 11/4/13 by “O.H.”


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).

Women Deserve Public Space, Too!

Location: Circulator going to Union Station
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

This guy banged into me when the bus wasn’t even crowded. My fiance called him on it and he started throwing a tantrum and nearly challenging him to fight. I don’t know if this is street harassment but he did act as if, as a male, he was entitled to take any space regardless of a human being’s already taking it.

Submitted 9/23/13 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).

Street Harassed in Union Station: “You have no right to comment on my chest!”

Location: 16 and K St NW (Union Station)
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

Walking back from some lunch time shopping at Metro Center, I felt a trickle of sweat on my chest. I looked down to see and a man, yellow oxford shirt, khaki pants, goes, “Yes, they are big tits.” I stop, say “That’s disgusting!” and keep walking. He says to me, “Well, you WERE looking at them.” I said, “I was checking to see if I was sweating. Thank you.” He laughed and kept walking. I yelled after him, “I hope you get hit by a car!!” as he crossed the K side lane in front of the Hilton/Mint. I really do wish bad things on people like that. Karma is a bitch.


Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 8/8/13 by “JKM.”


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).

Groped on the Metro

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I was riding the train Friday night after going to the bars near Farragut North. I sat down and there was a guy behind me saying dirty things. He then started to touch my hair, and I moved my head forward a little bit. I realized a few seconds later he was groping my side and breast. I stood up quickly and stood by the door. When he went to get off of the train, he cornered me and I hit him in the chest and he said “What the F***?!” and walked off. This was at Chinatown.

I arrived at Union Station, my stop, and called the Metro Police to report it. The operator told me unfortunately since I had left the station there was nothing they could do about it and didn’t take my name or incident information.

Submitted by anonymous on 2/23

Location: Red Line between Metro Center and Chinatown

Time of harassment: Late Night (12A-5A)

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Do I need to grow thicker skin?

I was on my way home from Thanksgiving in New York with my family. My train got into Union Station a little late, so I decided to take a cab so that I could get home quickly without having to drag my luggage through the Metro. After waiting in the taxi line for 10 minutes or so, I get in a cab. He seemed a little irritated that I kept my suitcase with me in the back seat (instead of putting it in the trunk so that he could get an additional fee), but it didn’t seem like a big deal.

After we get a block or two away from the station, we pass a young college-student-type guy on the street, dragging a big duffel bag and trying to hail a cab. The driver of my cab wants to pick this guy up too, and I say no. It’s against the rules for a cab driver to pick up additional passengers like that! So the cab driver immediately starts cursing at me and kicks me out of the cab.

At this point, I’m angry, so I flip him off and tell him to fuck off. At which point he starts saying, “You want to fuck me? Yeah, girl, you should come right over here and fuck me.” Repeatedly. Clearly, he’s more interested in antagonizing me than in picking up another fare, since the college kid hailed another cab so that I could get away. Unfortunately, I was too rattled to get the cab driver’s information or remember the name of the cab company.

I called my mom afterward, and she told me that I shouldn’t have antagonized him, and that I need to grow a thicker skin. Not exactly helpful.

Submitted by KBF

Location: Massachusetts Ave & North Capitol

Time of harassment:  Night (7:30P-12A)

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