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.