Woman Faces 10 Years for Twerking on Stranger

Male victim says he felt 'humiliated' and 'violated'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2015 9:12 AM CST

A woman could face 10 years in prison after twerking on a man without his consent at a gas station in DC, reports the Houston Chronicle. The unidentified victim says the abuse started when two women flashed him while he was pumping gas on Oct. 7. While in the checkout line, police say Ayanna Marie Knight, 22, of Las Vegas, began rubbing her buttocks against the man. He tells NBC Washington he tried to back away from Knight, but the abuse continued, as seen in a surveillance video released Monday. A second woman, who police have not been able to identify, then "grabbed (the victim's) groin and buttocks multiple times in a very aggressive manner," authorities say. When the man told the gas station clerks to call police, he says they "just sat there," leaving him feeling "humiliated."

"When someone is just grabbing your body parts without your permission, no matter who it is, that's just a violation completely," the man says. He tells Fox 5 DC that he thought his assailants were prostitutes and "men dressed like women," and feared men outside the gas station were their pimps. They could've had "guns to come and shoot me," he says. He says he left the checkout area but one woman grabbed his arm to keep him from leaving. He eventually called police from the gas station's car wash. Though jokes about the incident are rampant on social media, a rep for DC group Collective Action for Safe Spaces says the incident "is a prime example of the public sexual harassment and assault that people across our city experience on a near-daily basis." Knight has been charged with third-degree sexual abuse. (Twerking got these women arrested in Oregon.)

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