Shedding more light on female harassment on the CTA

This blog has always railed against harassment of women on the CTA, whether it be by flashers, gropers or wankers, including what to do if you’re a victim.

That’s why it’s fabulous to read about young women rising up against this type of harassment. The Sun-Times reported last week that a group of young women has taken action against harassment through education and better lighting, among other efforts. Just raising more awareness of the issue is important. From the Sun-Times column:

“A lot of people don’t realize that when they’re getting catcalled or
someone touches them in the wrong way, that’s harassment,” said Lillian Matanmi. “They think that’s just part of their day.”

This weekend, these young women, part of the  Rogers Park Young Women’s Action Team, will hold a poetry slam about sexual harassment on the CTA. The event will be held from 2 to 4 pm Saturday, June 27, at Berger Park, 6206 N. Sheridan.

The CTA has urged any victim of harassment to notify the rail operator or bus driver immediately. And by all means call the police with a detailed description. If you can, take a cell phone photo and share it with police.


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  • I hate the wankers. A special CTA wanker-hotline would be nice.

  • I have suggested that people e-mail pictures of a crime in progress from their Internet equipped camera phones.
    In the Sun Times article, guys asking for phone numbers was also considered sexual harrassment.Unless the guys only date Luddites,they should ask for e-mail addresses-it is safer for all concerned.

  • That guy who wrote the stupid books was right: everything you need to know you learned in kindergarten. Keep your hands to yourself; don't say anything to someone that you wouldn't want someone to say to you; don't touch your privates in public.

    That said, I commend the young ladies for trying to build awareness of the effects of these behaviors. I think most guys aren't predators, just clueless.

    Here's a good rule of thumb (as it were): if you wouldn't want someone to say it to your sister/mother/aunt/wife/female cousin/girlfriend what makes it ok to say it to some random woman? That's the question I posed to a very drunk "Cubs fan" who was harassing every female withing a 10 foot radius on the Red Line at about 10pm last night (the game was over around 4pm, right?). Not surprisingly, he didn't have an answer. At least it made him shut up for a bit while the gears were grinding.

  • have you read this jezebel article?

    a humorous take on mass transit harassment.

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