Call for Volunteers! CASS Anti-Street Harassment Metro Skit on Sunday, 8/19/12

On Sunday, August 19th, CASS, in conjunction with feminist activist Ben Atherton-Zeman, will perform an anti-street harassment skit on DC metro trains. The performance, written by Atherton-Zeman, will depict a brief scenario between a harasser, victim, and bystanders. The skit sends a strong anti-street/sexual harassment message, while simultaneously presenting positive examples of “hollering back” and bystander intervention.

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CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
We need at least four volunteers to perform in the skit! We’re looking for volunteers of all ages, races, sexes, genders, abilities! Some quick details:

  • Volunteers will meet at the Convention Center Metro stop at NOON on Sunday, August 19th.
  • Volunteers must be willing to sign a release form to appear on camera (for CASS media use).
  • We will perform the skit a few times while traveling between the Gallery Place and Convention Center stops. (Volunteers will be able to practice the skit before start time.)
  • There will be VERY CLEAR SIGNAGE to let fellow passengers know that the performance is completely staged.
  • Due to limited resources, volunteers must cover their own metro fare.
  • CASS will supply all materials (fliers, whistles, signs, release forms, video equipment, etc.).
  • The skit is very basic and very brief — no acting skills required!

If you are interested in volunteering in the metro performance on August 19th, please contact Zosia at zosia@collectiveactiondc.org. We hope to see you there!

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ABOUT HARASSMENT ON THE DC METRO SYSTEM

    • In the hundreds of incidents of public sexual harassment CASS has collected since 2009, at least 30 percent took place on or around Metro transit stations, trains, or buses.
    • According to Metro, 84 cases involving sexual offenses were reported to Transit Police in 2011. They included one rape and 40 cases of indecent exposure or other sexual acts. Of the 40, 12 involved arrests.
    • Until this spring, Metro did not track sexual harassment complaints. Our metro skit aims to bolster WMATA’s recent efforts to tackle harassment on the Metro system.

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