More thoughts on what to do when faced with a CTA perv
Amy over a Chicagoist recently had her own encounter with a CTA pervert, and she partially credits CTA Tattler and you readers for help in dealing with the situation:
I can - with certainty - say that I was only able to recognize and handle this situation because of your habit of previously and openly addressing the topic on your blog. You, and your commenters, made me aware that women have experienced crap like this before, on a semi-frequent basis, and also that many women (or other riders) do not end up confronting or stopping this behavior from continuing.
She gives these tips in her post at Chicagoist:
- Direct confrontation is usually the most effective response. Demand that the behavior stop, or loudly announce what is happening.
- If you are able, take a picture of the offender with a cell phone or camera, or ask another passenger to take a picture.
- In a situation where you feel threatened or unsafe, exit the train, and alert the operator or customer assistant.
- Report information or pictures to the Chicago Police, or by calling 311.
Tips for giving a physical description: include height, weight, sex, age, race,
or distinguishing marks and
clothing. Alert the CTA as well, giving additional information like the train car or bus route number, time of day, and where the offender boarded and exited.