Posts Tagged ‘Metro’

The Groper’s Path of Least Resistance

It is a principle of public sexual assault that gropers will follow the path of least resistance. They will gravitate toward situations where their activities will not be discovered, and their assaults will not be punished. They operate in the Metro, where the close proximity of passengers obscures non-accidental touching and escape is difficult. They [...]

Metro Sexual: When Transit Employees Harass

According to Metro Transit Police, the sexual comments a bus driver made toward his 16-year-old passenger weren’t explicit enough.
At 7:21 a.m. on Friday May 14, according to a report filed with transit cops that day, a Silver Spring high school student boarded the Z13 bus that takes her to school every morning. She sat near [...]

Ads Encourage D.C. Metro “Love”

This odd ad for Arlington's "Car-Free Diet" initiative, currently appearing in D.C.-area Metro stations, encourages Metro riders to tone up—and get flirting!—on their commutes. Love-themed transportation initiatives may fly in Copenhagen, but since D.C. already has plenty of passengers looking for "love" with the closest unsuspecting target on a crowded Metro train—sometimes non-consensually—is this really [...]

Sexist Comments of the Week: Public Masturbation and the Shame Game

Last week, we discussed a public masturbator operating on Metro's Orange Line. Commenters disagreed on how victims ought to react to a public sexual assault—and why they sometimes feel ashamed.

Passengers Targeted By Orange Line Public Masturbator

Over the past week, Holla Back DC has received two very similar reports of a man masturbating on Metro's Orange Line. The first incident occurred near the Metro Center stop on a train heading toward Vienna; the second occurred near the L’Enfant Plaza stop in the same direction. In both, a man targeted a female [...]

How Would Copenhagen’s Flirtatious Bus “Love Seats” Work In D.C.?

In Washington D.C., a great deal of sexual harassment is reported within the city's public transit system. But over in Copenhagen, one Danish bus company is concerned that there may be too few bus-based sexual advances in the city. So, in order to "encourage flirtation, smiles, romance and happiness among the city’s [...]

Holla Back DC and the District’s Sexual Harassment Reporting Problem

Holla Back DC—a blog chronicling street harassment in the District–-turns a year old this month. (Make a wish!). One of the reasons that Holla Back has been such a valuable resource over the past year is that it reveals how big of a reporting problem we have in D.C.
Since last March, Holla Back has recorded [...]

Groping Victim: A Prompt Assault Report Does Not Guarantee A Prompt Police Response

In response to the commenter who thought that her story perpetuated the "myth" that sexual assault victims are too traumatized to report their assaults promptly to police, Fairfax groping victim Emily Ruskowski wants to clarify that she did report her grope to police promptly after her 1 a.m. assault—and was told to wait until the [...]

“I’m Claimed By This Pervert”: One Woman Who Reported Her Grope

Emily Ruskowski isn’t thinking of much as she sits on a concrete bench at the Foggy Bottom Metro stop on a late-summer night in 2009. In a station crowded with loitering commuters, one man makes his presence known. He’s tall, young, dressed professionally in a blue button-down and black slacks, not bad looking, actually. He [...]

March Is Public Transit Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Local anti-sexual harassment resource Holla Back D.C. has declared March "Public Transit Awareness Month" in order to "focus on public sexual harassment on our public transportation in the DC metro area." I'm inclined to support this occasion for the following reasons: