I was taking taking the metro home from a concert alone late on a Sunday night it was about 11:30pm when I walked to the Union Station platform and trying to find a bench to sit on for the 20 minute train wait. When I finally found the side of a bench not full of people, I noticed this homeless man I had seen up by the gates had fallowed me down to the platform, the other side was full of people reading books or tuned into their iPod. There was one younger woman sitting next to me, like me she had noticed the homeless man now circling the bench oggleing both of us and every now and then reaching down to his crotch and adjusting or felling himself, I deiced to ignore it hopeful he would stop. Then he left when a WMATA cop came round.
Then both trains came she got in one side, I in the other thinking the homeless man was gone. Then I set down and look out the window only to find the man getting ready to sit in the handicap side when I looked away. I also then realized that I was the only other person in the car. As he set down he stuck his hand in his pants and pulled himself out and I tough eww he going to try to flash me; but no he had other intentions and he started to masturbate. I immediately moved to the other side of the car and switched cars at the nest stop. Then I got off to switch trains at Chinatown, I freaked he was going to follow me I saw him stand up hand down his pants but I guess there were to many people on the platform for him to be happy at the idea. I had no clue who to report it to I have been riding metro for almost all my life and that was the first time I have ever had that happen to me.
Submitted by anonymous
Location: Union station to metro Center (Red Line)
Time of harassment: Night (7:30P-12A)
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