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Sexual Harassment

Updated Mar 16, 2020

Protect yourself in the subway

  • Follow your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable about a person or location, remove yourself immediately from the area.
  • If you think you are being touched, but are not sure – assume you ARE being touched, and move.
  • During non-rush hours, wait for trains in the designated waiting areas.
  • Avoid empty subway cars.
  • Use subway exits where there is the most activity. That's usually the 24-hour booth entrance.
  • Become knowledgeable about the neighborhood around your station – which stores, restaurants, and business are open late at night.
  • Always know your location. You must have your exact location if you call 911.

Protect yourself when walking

  • Remain alert and aware of your surroundings.
  • Keep the volume down on your music so you can hear the surrounding sounds.
  • If someone suspicious is behind or ahead of you, cross the street. If necessary, crisscross from one side to the other.
  • Walk close to the curb to avoid passing too close to shrubbery, dark doorways, and other places of concealment.

Follow your instincts

If you think you are being touched on the subway or on the street, don't second-guess yourself – don't stand for it, or feel ashamed, or be afraid to speak. Report it to an MTA employee or a police officer. Call 911 immediately to report an attack or incident. Call the Police Department's Sex Crime Report Hotline to report past attacks or incidents at 212-267-RAPE (7273). All calls are kept confidential.

The New York City Police Department and MTA New York City Transit collaborated on this SubTalk campaign message that appeared in subway cars earlier this year; the brochure was available in stations.