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Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 04/03/2012

Metro wakes up to problem of sexual harassment


Monday marked the kick-off of Metro’s new anti-sexual harassment campaign, which will include new ways for riders to report inappropriate behavior or contact on buses and trains and new ads stating what is sadly not obvious to some: Sexual harassment is not OK.

The campaign follows complaints from women that Metro wasn’t taking sexual harassment complaints seriously. In fact, after a hearing in the D.C. Council on the issue in February, Metro leaders came off as downright oblivious, saying that maybe women were just mistaking flirting for harassment.

Metro’s new campaign includes a new Web site and an e-mail address — harassment@wmata.com — to allow riders to more easily report sexual harassment. Metro workers will also undergo training that will allow them to better respond when harassment is reported.

Probably the biggest component of the campaign will be new ads that will soon appear on buses and trains informing riders that inappropriate comments and touching are unacceptable. Explained Metro in a press release yesterday:

[Continue reading Martin Austermuhle’s post at DCist.com.]

Martin Austermuhle blogs at DCist . The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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