Women fight back against public transport gropers (TRIGGER WARNING)


Very recently, a colleague of mine arrived at the office flustered after taking public transport to work in the morning.

She had used the train a couple of times over the last few days and had been flashed on two separate occasions by men of varying ages.

She was traumatised and we kept talking about the #MeToo movement. It's a global call to action against sexual harrassment, abuse and violence whose effects are felt not only in South Africa, but also around the world. We kept talking about what we could do to fight it and to help others experiencing it, in that moment.

READ MORE: 3 people share their sexual harassment stories - but what does the law say? (TRIGGER WARNING) 

Highlighted in this video from the BBC, Margaret Wroblewski, a photojournalist from the U.S., talks about how "a man exposed himself to [her] on the subway, and then sat down next to two young girls. After the incident, she decided to use her camera and social media to address the issue and this Instagram account was born - I Was On The Metro When

The bio from the account describes that what she does is post photos that include personal stories of women and men 'who have been harrassed in public spaces in DC and beyond'.

Her goal is to get people to talk about the issue more and something that's stood out as we share all our experiences is to also be aware of how we need to be taught and to teach bystanders how to intervene when someone is assaulted or harassed. 

There's much work to be done but it's great to see women driving campaigns to help us put an end to this scourge.

Have you had a similar experience when you've used public transport? Share your story with us at chatback@w24.co.za.

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