We want anyone who experiences harassment — male or female, gay or straight – to know that they can take action and have a right to feel safe.
At CASS, we also believe the onus to prevent sexual harassment and assault should always be on the perpetrator, rather than the victim. In stating, “If it’s unwanted, it’s harassment,” the PSAs can be read to address both perpetrators and victims alike, rather than victims alone.
Ending sexual violence requires creating culture change, and WMATA’s anti-harassment campaign is helping do just that.
It all began in 2012, when a study of our blog submissions on public sexual harassment and assault in DC found that 30 percent of all incidences reported to us took place on DC’s public transit system, including regular reports of groping, indecent exposure and public masturbation. Yet at the time, WMATA had no policies in place to address sexual harassment and assault.