It looks like NYC beat us, again. Can you imagine a world when the DC Council takes time to hear our complaints about WMATA, MPD collects and shares the number of sexual harassment and assaults that happen on the Metro, and figure out substantive ways to address the problem? [pause] [pause] Yeah. Neither can we. But, that won’t stop us from trying to do that, like our friends are doing in NYC. From what we know though HBDC!, sexual harassment is the #1 quality of life offense on our public transportation so we hope that DC council members and WMATA employees read this article from the New Times City Room Blog (and listen to this song while reading it).
The peak times in which women report sexual harassment or assaults on the subways are the late morning rush, roughly 8 to 10 a.m., followed by the early afternoon rush, 4 to 6 p.m.
One stretch of the subways — the crowded Nos. 4, 5 and 6 lines between Grand Central Terminal and Union Station — is a particular source of complaints.
And the average age of the men arrested for sexual offenses on the subways is 39.
These facts emerged on Thursday during a joint City Council hearing at which three committees — on transportation, women’s issues and public safety — summoned officials from the Police Department and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to discuss a pervasive problem that strikes a chord with many subway riders, who say they have been ogled, groped, flashed, harassed and even attacked.
P.S. A hearty thank you to everyone who alerted us to this article. We love that you all make sure we are always in the loop. Holler!