We received this email (checked with the author on the authenticity) and, again, it’s another example of why we need to do more in our city to address sexual assault.
They say bad things happen in three’s, so the good news is that you will not be getting another sad email from me for awhile.Last night, I was attacked by a man on the corner of 21st and Newport Place. I was walking home on 21st St. from P at 11:20pm. I noticed a man sitting on a stoop; when I passed him, he casually stood up and then started following me. As he started walking faster, I dialed 9-1 on my cell phone (a habit from living in Boston where I often walked by myself). Within seconds he was behind me. I stepped to the side to let him pass, and that’s when he grabbed me between my legs and then grabbed my chest. I immediately started screaming and struggling away from him, and fortunately he ran off. I dialed the last “1” to call the police. The scary thing was that he did not run far. As I stood on the corner talking (sobbing) to the dispatch, I could see him a mere yards away on Newport. He was clearly out of his mind. The cops responded quickly and as soon as the first police car arrived, I was able to point him out just down the street. A detective arrived about 30 minutes later, took down my story, and asked me to identify the man. It was terrible, but at least he’s behind bars now.Friends, please, please be careful when you are walking alone. I have heard too many stories of this happening to friends, but still never imagined it would happen to me, much less in my “nice,” well-lit neighborhood. The police told me that they catch less than half of the f-ers that do this to women in DC. They said it was good that I had called them so quickly. I have to admit that I hesitated for a moment before calling–I don’t even know why. But once I called, the dispatcher stayed on the phone with me the entire time and made me feel safe.I wish I could relay some sort of wisdom that would keep all of us safer. Only this: SCREAM loudly and call the police right away. I feel terribly violated and scared, but know that I’m lucky that it wasn’t worse. Please forward to any women you know in the Dupont/Georgetown area (or elsewhere!)–we cannot be too careful.Please be safe.
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