Jackie’s Story: Men masturbating on the subway

I am talking about multiple incidences. About 6-8 times altogether I have seen men masturbating on the subway, once on NJ Transit and once in Riverside Park in NY which was the first time it happened to me.

I am writing my story now because I had 2 incidents in the past week. The first took place on NJ Transit around 11am on a very full Saturday train from NJ to the city. I was sitting in the entry area which has room for larger suitcases. There was a family with a baby and a middle aged man reading in the same area. At a stop another man around 20 got on. I noticed he put his backpack right on my purse even though there was plenty of room. Then when the ticket agent came he dropped something on the floor and the agent and family had to help him pick it up. I would say he was on drugs. Right as the ticket agent turned to leave the young man put his hand down his pants and adjusted. I looked away disgusted. After a few minutes I noticed his hand was back down there and he had a zombie look on his face. He was clearly wanking right there next to a man and across from a family. I grabbed my stuff got up and ran several cars away. I am absolutely astonished that people don’t notice these things.

Then yesterday on my subway ride home on the E train around 6 pm, very full car. I managed to sit down on the end of a bench. 2 men were next to the end chatting, I thought they were acting a bit strange but have never seen 2 guys try to molest me at once on a crowded train so I stayed in my seat. A few minutes later I felt something on my foot – it was one of the guys foot who had slipped his foot out of his sandal and was tapping my foot with his. I tried to see if it was by mistake and he looked into my face and smiled and then went for his button down crotch with both hands clearly intending to expose himself. I yelled Fucking Pig! Grabbed my stuff and ran to the other end of the car. It was very crowded I crouched on the ground so hopefully he could not see me. I was scared as I exited the train and kept checking behind me.

I am 35 and this has happened to me multiple times in the past 20 years. I am so disgusted by these men.

The first time I had an incident on the subway it was on the A train about 10 am going to work, full of people but not totally crowded. I had a seat on the end of the bench and noticed it was strange a young man stood right next to me when there was lots of room in the car. A few minutes later I sensed something next to my face I turned and he was vigorously rubbing his penis inches from my face. I let out a little scream and he laughed. I ran to the other end of the car unable to speak, hoping someone would help me. He continued laughing and then got off at the next stop. The motorman came out of his door and I had to fight through tears and a throat that did not want to speak to ask for his help. I told him a man exposed himself and I thought was about to touch me, I said he got off at the last stop. The motorman said,” oh well if he got off the train there is nothing we can do.” I could not believe it. I was having trouble breathing. I literally felt like this guy was a rapist for sure. I had some hope as my subway stop was Canal Street which has an NYPD station inside. I got off the train shaking and crying and found 2 cops walking around to talk to. I told them the story and they said the same thing “Oh he got of the train, there is nothing we can do.”

I feel like a failure and a victim waiting to happen. I am not willing to risk violence and I do not want to wind up on youtube.

I am really disgusted by these men and I wish more good men would keep an eye out for the bad ones. Every time I ride the subway I have to be paranoid about every zipper around me. I have never seen a vagina on the train, what is wrong with these men?

I feel really sad and depressed over this but also lucky that this is the worse sexual abuse I have encountered.

I will avoid then end of benches for now but feel no one in authority can help us.

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