Chances are, if you are a woman living in New York City, you have a story about being harassed on public transportation — whether it’s a sexual comment, seeing a man expose himself in the corner of a subway car or an actual physical assault. We rely on our transit system to get around every single day, and yet for women, it’s also a place to be on constant alert for sexual harassment and assault. The recent story of the (awesome) college student who fought off her attacker and was able to snap his picture so he wouldn’t get away with his assault got a lot of attention, but there are countless other stories of harassment that go untold. It’s time to break the silence and take a stand.
MYD’s Transportation and Women’s Issues committees are co-sponsoring an event (along with Hunter College’s Women and Gender Studies Program, New Yorkers for Safe Transit, Hollaback! and the National Organization for Women) about just that — combating sexual harassment on New York’s subways and buses. Women in New York City are already starting to Hollaback!
Hollaback!, a movement dedicated to ending street harassment using mobile technology, chronicles many women’s stories of being harassed in New York City on its website. By collecting these stories and pictures, Hollaback! has created a crowd-sourced initiative to end the silence and combat street harassment.
Join the discussion on Monday, December 5th at 7 p.m. at Hunter College: “Talking Back: Facing Gender Violence on NYC Transit” will feature a panel discussion including Jerin Afria, Chair of the National Organization for Women (NOW) Young Feminist Task Force; Emily May, Co-founder and Executive Director of Hollaback!; and Susan Moesker, Coordinator of Community Violence Prevention at the Center for Anti-Violence Education. City Councilmember Jessica Lappin (Manhattan District 5) has also been invited. John Jay College sociology professor Gail Garfield will moderate the discussion.