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Australian women are tweeting about all the times they’ve been sexually harassed on public transport in this country, in a grim flood of responses to some idiot claiming it just doesn’t happen.
Yesterday afternoon, a conservative writer had the gall to respond to an article on sexual harassment on public transport with the blanket statement “men don’t grope on Australian trains. This is straight up fantasy”.
Unfortunately for assault and harassment survivors everywhere, that’s simply not true. Feel free to peruse the data if you need convincing: late last year, Victoria Police had to launch a unit dedicated solely to investigating sexual assaults on public transport due to a significant increase in reports.
Meanwhile, a crowdsourced mapping projectconducted last year by Plan International and Monash University collected hundreds of stories of sexual harassment on public transport around the city, and a similar project has just been launched to gather data in Sydney.
Naturally, people who’ve experienced sexual harassment or assault on Australia’s public transport were pretty pissed off about someone swanning in to dismiss their experience, and they’ve taken to Twitter to correct the record with their stories.
If you also have a story to share, consider contributing it to Plan International’s mapof safe and unsafe spaces for women in Sydney. Contributions can be completely anonymous, and they’ll help to shape recommendations for lawmakers on where greater safety is desperately needed.
And if you haven’t experienced harassment on public transport, try just saying that, instead of speaking for the rest of us.
This article first appeared on junkee.com
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