Wednesday, May 12, 2010
From an anonymous reader:
I reported this case of sexual assault to Metro Police, but I don't feel like that accomplishes much.
Yesterday morning, I boarded the Orange Line at L'Enfant Plaza in the direction of Vienna. I was engrossed in a book and on "auto-pilot" on the way to work.
When I got on the train, a man sat down next to me, in the seat closest to the aisle. I sat next to him for about 10 minutes before I realized he was masturbating right next to me.
I was shocked!
When he realized I had noticed, he started talking to me, and making comments about oral sex!
The train car wasn't full, but there were many people in the vicinity, including families with small children. I had to ask him to get up and let me out, which thankfully he did.
I was so nauseated and disgusted.
It's especially shocking considering the time of day and the amount of people on the train. I think there was another man on the Metro who noticed what was going on before I did. He was wearing a suit, standing near the doors and facing me. At one point, I looked up from my book and caught his eye. He had a look of concern on his face, but I ignored it and went back to reading. Why didn't he do anything?
For what it's worth, the man was African American, about 40 years old, wearing jeans and a baseball cap.
I really have no choice but to take Metro everyday. I commute from Columbia Heights to Court House, and I don't have a car. But I've been considering buying a scooter, and this incident may help me to finally commit to that decision. Yesterday, I got a ride from a coworker so that I didn't have to Metro home. I just wasn't ready to be back on it. But today, I better be ready because I still need to get to work.
Same guy? (Hollaback DC)
Women-only cars in Japan (Wikipedia)
Dimes fare hike not cutting it (Examiner)
Rowdy riders (Fox5)
Posted by Unsuck DC Metro at 6:25 AM