Transit Police launch poster campaign against sexual harassment

Initiative launched with the help of Battered Women Support Services

The Transit Police unveiled a new anti-harassment poster on Tuesday.

People riding public transit around Metro Vancouver will soon see something new during their commutes – posters condemning sexual harassment.

The posters, which say “Unwanted touching is a crime. Keep your hands to yourself,” are part of the next phase of the Transit Police’s campaign to end sexual offending.

“An important first step has been achieved today in the acknowledgment by the transit authority of the reality for women and girls using public transportation in Metro Vancouver,” said Angela Marie McDougall, executive director for Battered Women’s Support Services.

“Sexual harassment and assault public awareness campaigns are necessary actions against silence and ignorance. Helping to create an environment where those that would perpetrate could no longer be guaranteed they could assault women and girls with impunity.”

According to Transit Police statistics, reports of sexual harassment and assault increased by 28 per cent in 2015.

Hollaback Vancouver, a crowd-sourced initiative to end street harassment, reports that 58 per cent of women do not feel safe on public transit.

 


@katslepian

katya.slepian@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

MacDuff’s Call: A fond memory, of an old-school teacher

A new year starts in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

Flames lose first game of new season

Maple Ridge junior Bs host White Rock Whalers Friday night

Maple Ridge Bears group hosts public forum Monday

Critical time to keep bears away from human conflict

VIDEO: Vancouver Island mayor details emergency response after fatal bus crash

Sharie Minions says she is ‘appalled’ by condition of road where bus crashed

Federal party leaders address gun violence after weekend shooting near Toronto

One teen was killed and five people injured in the shooting

Conservatives promise tax cut that they say will address Liberal increases

Scheer says the cut would apply to the lowest income bracket

B.C. VIEWS: Cutting wood waste produces some bleeding

Value-added industry slowly grows as big sawmills close

Pedestrian struck and killed by vehicle in Surrey

Investigators were asking anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward

Fewer trees, higher costs blamed for devastating downturn in B.C. forestry

Some say the high cost of logs is the major cause of the industry’s decline in B.C.

Federal food safety watchdog says batch of baby formula recalled

The agency says it’s conducting a food safety investigation

Vancouver’s Tristan Connelly shocks the UFC world

Late replacement upsets big favourite Pereira, main event sees Gaethje stop Cerrone in round one

Most Read