Victims of sexual harassment on Metro are more likely to report incidents than in the past, according to a new survey.
Metro said a survey of 1,000 riders from March revealed that riders are more aware of education campaigns regarding sexual harassment and are more comfortable in doing something when they are harassed.
According to the survey, 50 percent of respondents who said they were harassed reported the incident at the time. That’s up from 33 percent from a survey two years ago.
Verbal harassment comprised 64 percent of the complaints in 2018. Other types of harassment included stalking (24 percent), groping (21 percent), homophobic comments (19 percent) and transphobic comments (17 percent.) Fourteen percent of those who reported harassment said they were sexually assaulted.
On Monday, Metro revealed that police issued an arrest warrant for a man in connection to a March 31 incident of second-degree sexual assault on a Red Line train. The suspect is in custody on a separate, unrelated warrant.
Metro began collecting harassment complaints in 2012, when it also launched an outreach and education campaign. Incidents of harassment on public transportation are slightly higher than harassment nationwide. Metro said 21 percent of all public transportation riders have been harassed, compared to a nationwide average of 17 percent.
Metro encourages riders who feel they’ve been harassed to report it by calling 202-962-2121 or texting MyMTPD (696873).They can also report it online at wmata.com/harassment or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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