Remember back in 2012 when we testified in front of the DC City Council for improvements in the way the Washington Metropolitan Transportation Authority (WMATA) handles sexual harassment? Well, one of the most-anticipated results of our advocacy with WMATA is coming up early in the new year.
Starting in 2014, all 3,000 of WMATA’s frontline employees (Metro Transit Police, bus drivers, station managers and more) will be trained in recognizing and responding to public sexual harassment and assault.
WMATA is already one of the most progressive transit agencies in the world when it comes to public sexual harassment and assault, but this will put them at the vanguard of public responses to the safety of women and LGBTQ community members.
We’re so happy that our local policy-makers are embracing this issue. We’d like to keep working with them — and we have more exciting policy projects in the pipeline. You can make sure that this work continues. To support innovative policy projects that address public sexual harassment and assault in all areas of our local government, please donate today.
This post is part of 12 Days of CASS, our end-of-year series to highlight the work we’ve done in 2013 to prevent public sexual harassment and assault in DC.