Female students continued to be subjected to incidents of indecent exposure around campus last week. Twice in the last week, men have revealed their genitals to unwilling female students just west of GW.
On Oct. 1, a male walked past a female student on 26th Street and turned around to face her with his pants unzipped and penis in hand. In an interview with The Hatchet, the student said he was a white male and was wearing a red baseball cap, dark shirt and dark pants. On Sept. 29, a female reported that a man exposed himself in a similar manner between 24th and 25th streets.
“Basically, I was walking down K Street and there was a guy just standing there with his (penis) hanging out of his pants,” said the female junior who spotted the man on Oct. 1. “I just did like a double take and said to myself, ‘I didn’t just see that.'”
The student, who wished to remain anonymous, said the exposed man asked her if she likes to perform oral sex.
“I just walked away. I wasn’t even going to respond,” she said. “This isn’t even the worst thing I have seen while at GW.”
She said the man looked like he might have been a student and was well dressed.
University Police chief Dolores Stafford said she does not believe the most recent occurrences of exposure are related to three earlier incidents of public masturbation that occurred in mid-September. Stafford said she does not believe students are being specifically targeted.
“At least half of the indecent exposure and peeping tom incidents have occurred off campus, so I can’t say they are preying on GW students,” Stafford said.
UPD showed the female junior a photograph of a suspect, but she was not able to confirm that the man in the picture was the one who exposed himself. Since school began, there have been six incidents that have been classified as indecent exposure and peeping tom. Stafford said the rash of incidents is not unusual and that they are not uncommon.
UPD released a flier last week to warn residents of peeping toms and has issued alerts to officers with descriptions of the suspects.
In another possible incident on the morning of Oct. 1, a male approached a first-floor City Hall window where a female student was sleeping and began to knock. By the time the student got out of bed, the man was walking away; but he may have been trying to expose himself, Stafford said.