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Women Share Disturbing Stories of #CommutingWhileFemale

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While stories of harassment on public transit may not be as high-profile as stories of sexual assault or rape, they are just another unspoken, sexist reality that women face everyday. According to Nylon, the New York City Police Department recently announced that sexual offenses in the New York City subway have risen by more than 50 percent in the last year, which is a disturbing statistic. Many women have to rely on subways or buses as their main form of transportation, and none of them should ever be groped, leered at or worse. 

The Huffington Post started the hashtag #CommutingWhileFemale at the end of June so that women could publicly share their stories. It revealed that the experience of being photographed, flashed, harassed, masturbated at and touched is much more commonplace than expected. This means that every day, women have to fear being violated both on crowded and empty train cars. 

Below are just a few of the tweets that women shared about feeling uncomfortable with blatantly unwanted sexual attention on their commute to work. 







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