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One of the gripes leveled at the Sexist’s recent groping coverage is that it has so far focused on only one category of victim—-women. Men get groped, too, so let’s hear one male victim’s story. This weekend, a male MPD officer was subjected to a public genital grab, courtesy of a violent burglary suspect. The incident was aired on the MPD 1st District Listserv on Saturday:
On Friday January 22, 2010, at about 3:00 pm, Officer Andrew Zabavsky (Third District) was off duty and walking his dog in the 500 block of 6th Street SE. About the same time off duty Officer Andrew Horos (First District) was responding to work at the First District Sub-Station.
Officer Zabavsky was walking his dog (on a leash) when he observed a citizen yelling for help and the perpetrator fleeing. Officer Zabavsky then identified himself as a police officer and attempted to restrain the perpetrator. The perpetrator started violently choking Officer Zabavsky. Officer Horos was responding to work when he observed the struggle, alighted from his vehicle and assisted. Officer Horos identified himself and asked the perpetrator to stop resisting. The perpetrator used profane language then grabbed the genital area of Officer Horos.
According to police, the 47-year-old suspect has been charged with burglary and assault. As for the Andrews? “Both officers are okay,” the Listserv claims. If you’re a man who has been the victim of groping, tell the Sexist your story here.
File photo by Darrow Montgomery.