On Saturday morning around 10:15, I was walking to work for my weekend job. I have never had a problem in the area before, especially in the morning. This morning was an exception, however.
I saw a man in between a couple of parked cars and as I passed him he approached me from the side and grabbed me with both his arms and started pushing me towards a parking lot. He was saying something like, “Hey girl, look what I’ve got here. Let’s go,” while showing me a bag of white powder. Luckily, the man was about the same size as me and I was able to shake him off and push him away from me shouting “No!” and “Get off me!”. Apparently, the young, drugged-up man thought I would enjoy participating in some narcotics before work. Luckily I was across the street from my job and was able to jog away to safety.
The part that added to my anger and frustration was that there was a man walking 4 steps in front of me who didn’t even turn around when the scuffle began. I have lived in DC for five years, but this was the first time I was physically assaulted. I’ve had my personal space invaded before, but this definitely crossed a line. I should have called the police to report the incident, but I was too flustered at the time. All I can say is the incident left me shaking and makes me think twice about feeling safe in the city I call home.
Location: 15th Street NW & P Street NW
Submitted by L.M.
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