Metro Launches 24-Hour Hotline To Combat Sexual Harassment
Are you a woman riding public transportation? Chances are (speaking from experience!) that some gross dude has tried to hassle you. On Wednesday, Metro announced a first-of-its-kind, 24/7 sexual harassment counseling hotline to combat the creeps and make transit lines safer for riders across the county.
The hotline, which, according to The Source, is a one-year pilot program, will be offer around-the-clock access to counselors from Peace Over Violence, a community advocacy organization, which has 45 years of experience counseling victims of sexual abuse in Los Angeles County.
“No other transit agency in the world has a 24/7 sexual harassment victim hotline,” Metro CEO Phillip Washington said in a statement, adding that the new hotline "exemplifies Metro’s commitment to protecting our customers from this kind of abuse.”
Metro has worked to reduce sexual harassment on its transit lines since April 2015, when the agency launched their "It's Off Limits" campaign, which encouraged victims and witnesses to contact police with reports of harassment. Metro reports that the rate of harassment decreased by between 15 and 22 percent since the campaign's start, according to rider surveys. Which is great—though it does seem kind of insane that a campaign with posters explaining that sexual harassment is, indeed, "off limits" needs to exist, but sadly that goes far beyond the scope of our transit system.
The hotline can be reached at 1-844-Off-Limits (633-5464). And to the guy with the fedora on the 720, please leave me the hell alone, I do not want to make conversation with you.