WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Metro is hoping to crack down on sexual harassment among its riders with a new public awareness campaign that was unveiled Monday.
As part of the first phase of the campaign, Metro launched a new online portal for customers to report incidents of harassment to directly to Metro Transit Police.
The information submitted through the web portal is immediately transmitted to Metro Transit Police for follow-up action.People who report incidents may remain anonymous.
In addition to the portal, tipsters and victims can also email photos or video files to firstname.lastname@example.org to assist in the investigation.
Metro also unveiled a host of new posters, flyers and handouts, developed in English and Spanish, to promote the campaign and raise awareness about sexual harassment in public spaces.
Metro has worked with a groups such as Collective Action for Safe Spaces, DC Rape Crisis Center and Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network to establish best practices for the new project.
Officials say Metro Transit Police are now tracking all reports of sexual harassment incidents, even those which do not violate the law. The reports and data collected will be used to identify trends on the system and deploy officers as necessary.
Metro also plans to create better training for frontline employees in the future.