So, it happens to you: that awkward moment when you’re walking to class, work, wherever, and some weirdo whips out his penis. What do you do?
According to the Public Safety Department at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, you’re supposed to “scream as loud as you can.” Then you’re supposed to seek “professional counseling” if the sight of some stranger’s shlong leaves you traumatized.
Those are just two of six suggestions outlined in a campus-wide email — which you can see below — issued to faculty and students at MEC following a spike in flashings in recent weeks.
While screaming like a banshee and debating whether to see a shrink, officials also want you to make sure and soak in everything a flasher has to offer — “notice hair and eye color, any tattoos or piercings, age, and their height and weight” so you can describe the flasher to authorities.
On the other hand, you could always just realize that this is New York City and there’s a good chance that at some point in your life you’ll encounter some weirdo who wants to show you his dick — then just look away, try and burn the image of strange wiener out of your brain, call the cops, and go about your day. Or you can go the therapy route — whatever works.
See the entire email below.
Dear MEC Community Members:
You are receiving this
notice because a crime has occurred that is considered to be of a
concern and/or a continuing threat to the campus community. The purpose
of this message is
to heighten your safety awareness by providing community members with
information necessary to take appropriate precautions and actions to
help increase your safety, and to aid in the prevention of similar
This notice does not mean there has been an increase in crime or that any specific crime pattern exists.
Public Safety Notice for:
Campus Area, Off Campus sites
Alert Code: 2012-008920
The following crime occurred off campus:
The Public Safety Department received a report at 8:20 a.m. on 10/10/12
from a female MEC student. She reported she was on Dearborn Ct. near
Crown St. when a male black exposed his genital area to her. The suspect
was described as: 5ft 8in, medium to large
build, dark skin complexion, wearing a red hooded top and blue jeans.
The New York City Police Department received the report and is
investigating the incident.
Safety Tips If You Encounter A “Flasher”
Scream for help as loud as you can if you encounter a flasher.
Pay attention to as much identifying detail about the flasher as possible.
Notice hair and eye color, any tattoos or piercings, age, and their height and weight.
Run away from the offender and get to a safe location.
Report the incident
Report the incident to the authorities right away.
Explain the incident with as much detail as possible.
Report the time and location of the incident and details about the
Talk about the incident with someone you trust or talk
to a professional counselor, if needed, to help you deal with
disturbing emotions caused by this experience.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 11, 2012