A Borderstan reader reported a possible case of exhibitionism that occurred on the evening of Valentine’s Day. The incident took place on T Street NW near the busy U Street corridor.
As the woman was walking down the street, she noticed a white male, possibly in his mid-30s, standing in front of a house near the sidewalk. He addressed her saying, “Hey, what’s up?” and when she looked back at him, she realized that his pants were down around his ankles and he was masturbating. She quickly fled the scene.
The woman told Borderstan she could not ascertain whether the man was standing in his own front yard or whether he was on someone else’s property. She told Borderstan that she did not report the incident to the police.
The number of exhibitionism cases is difficult to track because DC police data on sexual abuse only include a subset of more serious sex-related crimes. Collective Action for Safe Spaces maintains a database of instances of public sexual harassment that includes two cases of public masturbation in Borderstan in 2011.
If you are the victim of public sexual harassment, or see any other suspicious activity, call the Metropolitan Police Department at 911.