I was on my way to school on a bus heading to white rock. As I was about to get off, I tripped over a mans foot and then stood in place. Before got off he looked up my uniform skirt and touched my butt with his hand and squeezed it. I called the police but it has been 2 months and they haven’t done much.
I have had the misfortune of being targeted more than once on public transit. The first time, I was 21 years old sitting in a single seat on my way back from work with my arms full of packages and staring out the window. I didn’t notice the person sitting in the single seat behind me until I saw is hairy hand groping my left breast. I yelled and the bus stopped and the man got up and let the bus. I was so upset that I couldn’t speak coherently to say what the matter was. A woman consoled me and encouraged me to talk to the driver, which I did. He gave me the number of the complaints department.
On the way back from UBC in the summer time, a man got on the bus and sat opposite me at the rear of the bus. He pulled up the leg of his denim shorts, which he had altered for easier access, and began to masturbate. I moved to the front of the bus and went to the driver. Again, the bus was stopped and the man got away.
I have also been rubbed up against on more than 1 occasion.
I am now 42 years old. I live near VGH and work downtown. I never take transit to work. I work evenings and dread coming home late on public transit. I would rather walk or drive than be sexually harassed again. I should say, that my history prior to these incidents is one of severe sexual abuse and I felt that I was targeted because I was sending out some kind of a signal to these offenders. I have had many years of counselling and am at a good place in my life with this but I still avoid transit specifically. My heightened instincts for “bad people” is on high alert when I take the bus or skytrain. I can see them better than they can see me now and they are everywhere.
Thank you so much for doing this work. It is LONG overdue!
Transit Police are requesting help in identifying the perpetrator of a sexual assault that occurred at Gateway Station on the 6th of September, 2013. The victim was a young woman on student exchange from Japan, which illustrates the reality that International students are disproportionately victimized by the jerks who think they can get away with it. If you have any information on this man (described in the video as a white male, late 50’s, 6′ tall, 170 lbs., balding – short hair, clean shaven, wearing beige pants, possible green shirt, brown jacket, brown shoes and carrying a brief case) please contact the Transit Police at 604-515-8300 or text via 87-77-77.
This happened to me today as I was heading home on the Expo line, around 2 pm. I got on the skytrain (the old red, blue, white ones) at Commercial station and sat in one of the single seats right by the doors. At Nanaimo I believe, an older man (East Indian, perhaps?) got on and sat on the outer seat of the double seats right next to me so that my right side was facing him. Right after I boarded I had put my headphones in and simply stared out the door windows as the train made its way.
It wasn’t until after we left Edmonds that I noticed movement out of the corner of my eye. Without thinking twice I turned my head a mere centimeter just so I could see what it was. Now this is the part where I got so shocked I’m still trying to remember if I saw things correctly. The man I mentioned earlier had his penis out in broad daylight and was waving it around in his hand! I’m so sorry for the graphic detail but I’m 99% sure that is what I saw. It took me a millisecond to process what was going on and I instantly averted my eyes, keeping my face as neutral as possible. I don’t know if he saw me but I didn’t dare to look again . I scanned the rest of the cart to see if anyone else had noticed but unfortunately the cart was less than half full and people were spread out. I couldn’t bring myself to look again to make sure that was indeed what I saw but I was so uncomfortable that I got off at 22nd station and waited for the next train. There was a skytrain attendant on the platform but I was a bit traumatized so I didn’t approach her and tell her what happened, although I really should have, looking back now.
Now I have been down to Wreck Beach before so I’ve seen my fair share of strangers’ genitalia in public. But this, this was just completely and utterly obscene. WHY would anyone do that on the skytrain in the middle of the day? The most surprising thing was that no one else noticed but me! And since this was the old model there weren’t even security cameras on board. As a 20 year old female student who has to commute everyday to and from school I don’t want to have to worry every time a male sits near or next to me that they might repeat what this man did!
An excellent extended metaphor about the experience of being harassed or cat-called. The shame of being reduced to a sexual object to be conquered, and the pleasure that perpetrators derive from making their “prey” desperately uncomfortable.
This morning (Dec 30,2013) at approximately 7:30am I was riding on the Expo Line East bound and at around 29th Avenue a younger guy maybe around 20 sat across and over from me. I didn’t pay too much attention until I saw him out of the corner of my eye staring and winking/smiling at me all the while with “member” fully exposed. He continued to try to get my attention while touching himself. I stood up and said something like what was his problem and hit the safety strip and also went on the speaker for assistance. Skytrain security was there at the next stop but he was too quick and took off. I take the train every day and I was seriously freaked out. Unfortunately not many people were riding today. I think there should be more visible cameras on the trains. I cant even remember what he looked like, I was so caught off guard and kind of panicked to get away.
I am 31, Female, Caucasian.