Metro launches anti-harassment campaign urging riders to report incidents

WASHINGTON, DC -- If you see something, say something. That is the message behind a new campaign that Metro is kicking off to get riders to report incidents of harassment.

“I usually feel safe during the day because I’m usually at work, it’s real early in the morning. But later in the evenings, i prefer not to ride, I take an Über home.”, said Metro Rail passenger, Deon Williams.

Riders like Williams who take the train everyday say they’re happy about Metro’s new campaign.

“I have witnessed some fights and it made me really uncomfortable and I have changed cars.”, added Williams.

That is exactly the type of behavior that Metro is trying to stop.
Metro has actually experienced a 17% drop in overall crime according to the latest stats, but sexual harassment complaints appear to have risen by 65%.

Metro Spokesperson, Sherri Ly, says the new anti-harassment campaign is about educating riders and helping them to feel safe and respected.

She said, “If they experience it, if they witness it, we want them to report it. It doesn’t matter whether you believe a crime has been committed. We want any incidence of harassment to be reported.”

Starting next week riders will hear this announcement an announcement which will say in part, “If you experience harassment or witness it, we encourage you to report it to metro transit police.”

Ly says riders can report incidents straight to a metro transit police officer or metro worker and can do so anonymously.

Riders says it’s a great move, but hope that the public will take it seriously.

“If more people would be proactive, maybe it would be less crime, instead of depending upon the metro police officers or managers… everybody has to be proactive.”, said Metro Rail passenger, Marilyn Fields.

If you witness harassment on a Metro train or bus, you can call (202) 962-2121.You can also text incidents to MYMTPD from your phone.