Subway Announcement to Include Prompt for Bystander Reporting

By VIOLET KITTAPPA

MTA’s “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign will now include a call to action for bystanders who witness inappropriate sexual conduct, taking the sole responsibility for reporting the crimes off of the victim.

Until now, subway announcements have stated that a crowded train is no defense to unlawful sexual conduct and ask that victims of a crime notify the MTA or a police officer. Announcements will now read:

“Ladies and gentlemen. A crowded subway is no defense to unlawful sexual conduct. If you believe that you have been the victim of a crime, or witness to a crime, notify an MTA Employee or Police Officer.”

Assemblymember Deborah Glick is behind this new initiative, and Hollaback has found in her a new HollaHERO:

The burden of reporting sexual harassment shouldn’t alone fall on the shoulders of victims and I am happy to report that it no longer will,” says Glick.

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  1. Helen says:

    I am in total support for this and won’t stand by if another woman is being harassed. I was a victim many times and would have loved the support of other women.

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