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A Groping Victim’s Guide to D.C.

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In need of a more servicey approach to the Sexist's groping series? Here's a collection of sexual assault resources for victims of groping—and everyone else.


D.C.: Groping is sexual abuse. In D.C. unlawful sexual contact is defined as: "touching with any clothed or unclothed body part or any object, either directly or through the clothing, of the genitalia, anus, groin, breast, inner thigh, or buttocks of any person with an intent to abuse, humiliate, harass, degrade, or arouse or gratify the desire of any person," without that person's consent.

VIRGINIA: Groping is sexual abuse. In Virginia, unlawful sexual contact is defined as: "The accused intentionally touches the complaining witness's intimate parts or material directly covering such intimate parts"—including their genitalia, anus, groin, breast, or buttocks—without that person's consent.

MARYLAND: Groping is sexual abuse. In Maryland, unlawful sexual contact is defined as: "intentional touching of the victim's or actor's genital, anal, or other intimate area for sexual arousal or gratification, or for the abuse of either party," without that person's consent.


Call 911.

Contact police Sexual Assault Units in D.C., Virginia, or Maryland.

If you've been groped on the Metro in any jurisdiction, contact Metro Transit Police.

For more specific assistance in D.C., contact the Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit, the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Liaison Unit, the Latino Liaison Unit, or the Asian Liaison Unit.


Submit your story for publication in the Sexist.

Hollaback D.C. publishes stories from women who have been sexually assaulted or catcalled in public.

Stop Street Harassment collects accounts of street harassment from women around the world.


Defend Yourself offers a variety of self-defense classes, including one specifically targeted at addressing street harassment.

Hollaback D.C.'s Street Harassment Map charts incidents of harassment by intersection.


D.C. SANE Program. Based out of Washington Hospital Center, the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner provides care for sexual assault victims in need of medical attention.

D.C. Rape Crisis Center provides support for victims of all kinds of sexual assault.


How Bystanders Can Help, with advice from Lauren Taylor of Defend Yourself.

Men Can Stop Rape organizes men to help prevent sexual assault before it starts.


"Nice Ass!," Washington City Paper, June 2007

"Diary of a Catcall Hater," Washington City Paper, June 2007

"Too Sexy For My Shirt," Salon, May 1999

"The Assertive Response to 'Hey, Baby,'" [PDF], Washington Post, October 2003.

* Know of additional resources for groping victims and allies? Submit them here.

Photo via luisvilla, Creative Commons Attribution License 2.0

  • Merry

    Thanks for this, just posted an incident from last night on Hollaback. Great list of resources.

  • kza

    There's no white liason unit?

  • hollaback dc!

    thanks for listing us as a resource!

  • stop street harassment

    Thanks for listing my site as a resource too! And thank you for all the work you do to raise awareness about street harassment, groping, and sexual assault in the DC area.

    Also, for readers, I volunteer with RAINN and their online hotline is a great place to turn to for anonymous support and advice if you're a survivor of sexual assault or rape

  • April

    Yes, got groped last night coming home on the Red Line, at approximately Brookland. A young couple was behind me, and the female brushed past me as I felt my rear end tickled. I convinced myself that the woman had accidentally tickled me and did nothing. It did evoke a deja-vu response in me, as I saw the front cover of CP this morning, and I relived the incident. Hopefully I will be more vigilant in the future.

    This happened to me a lot growing up, so I have learned a very bizarre coping mechanism for it. I guess this is what they feed on.

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  • King JE

    you women oh boo whoo whoo you got touched somewere crowed will then don't get on a bus or train then.And why not do a story on the women you like it?

  • K

    Hey King, have you ever been grabbed by "the junk" while riding on a bus? How did it make you feel? Elated? Objectified? Shamed?

    If we don't want to be groped, then we shouldn't ride a bus or train? I say, if you don't want to be ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH ASSAULT don't fucking grope someone. Cry me a river.

  • SK

    As someone who has formerly brushed past women in a strange way, or done some questionable things, I would like to now express my solidarity with the victims of groping, and hope to eliminate this cold.