On Sunday, June 4, I posted this on my personal Facebook:
One point I forgot to add to this was that I went to the police to file a witness report. I have not heard from the police since, but I’m hoping that the family files a report. This can’t go by with no action taken.
I also saw this man again at a bus stop while I was on the bus. I tried to take a photo but the bus took off before I could.
First off, I wanted to say that I have never seen this happen. I’ve definitely met some strange people on the buses and trains of Montreal. One time, I’m sure there was a guy near me who was masturbating on a train that was going in the direction of Vaudreuil.
I’ve always known and understood that sexual assault and harassment have been an overarching problem, especially on buses and trains. To see it in real life, it changes things. It gives you a new perspective on how serious it is.
I overheard the girl mention this to her father. The father asks “Why didn’t you punch him out?” She replies “I don’t know. I was scared. I didn’t know what to do.”
This is obviously a frightening experience for anyone who goes through it. It’s such a serious issue that does not get taken seriously enough.
In October of 2016, the Toronto Star noted that in Toronto, one woman is likely to be assaulted one every three days on public transit in Toronto. This only scratches the surface, as this statistic reflects reports to the TTC. It does not include the individual reports to the police! If we had statistics on the reports to police, this figure would be much much higher.
In a 2014 piece in the Independent, the authors cite studies from around the world based on the subject of sexual harassment and assault. It’s a fact: women from around the world feel unsafe when on public transportation.
This is the fact: governments from around the world need to start addressing this problem of sexual assault and harassment and take specific action to solve this issue in their constituencies. It’s time to rise up and work with the government in order to solve this issue.