There have been several recent studies and reports that have brought to light new facts about sexual harassment on New York City busses and trains. These facts were mentioned this Thursday, during a joint hearing of three City Council committees. The three committees are the Transportation Committee, Women’s Issues committee, and the Public Safety committee.
Apparently, some of the biggest sources of complaints are the 4,5 and 6 trains that run between Grand Central Terminal and Union Square. The average age of the men that have been arrested this year for sexual offenses is 39 years old. Particularly dangerous times are during the late morning rush, which is from about 8 to 10 a.m., and the early afternoon rush, 4 to 6 p.m.
Subway riders who say they have been affected by sexual harassment on public transportation say they have been groped, flashed, harassed and even attacked.
There have been 587 reports of sexual harassment crimes on the subway this year alone. However, this is a very under reported crime. There have also been 412 arrests this year of sexual offenders in the subway.
Darlene Mealy, a Brooklyn Democrat, who is chairwoman of the Women’s Issues Committee, said that sexual harassment and assaults were very serious, and that society should “not take them as social behaviors that have to be condoned.”