Any woman knows all too well that even during the mundane act of commuting to work you can find yourself dodging unwanted sexual attention.
Over in New York City, the police department recently announced that sexual offences on the subway had shot up more than 50 per cent over the last year.
Women share their experiences of sexual violence on Twitter. Post continues after video…
In response to the alarming figure, the Huffington Post coined the hashtag #CommutingWhileFemale, encouraging women to speak out about their experiences.
The result is a disturbing glimpse into just how uncomfortable and dangerous a woman’s daily commute can be.
From the intimidating…
To the predatory.
#commutingwhilefemale Being followed across two changes I made to get away from a man who groped me. Same train. Same carriage. Every time.
— Laura (@faunstar) July 3, 2016
From the downright perverted…
To the verbally aggressive…
And the violent.
I had a man on trimet ask to use my phone. I said no, he called me C word, spat on me, said he’d shove his head in me.#commutingwhilefemale
— Kayleesi (@KayleesiTweets) June 23, 2016
There are the men who misread signals.
No creepy dude, I’m not giving you the hi sign, I’m just watching to see if the train’s coming. #commutingwhilefemale
— sandy scragg (@sscragg) August 5, 2015
And then there are the measures women resort to just so they feel an element of safety.
— atom (@damnitdisney) July 2, 2016
And that sad realisation that you’ve accepted the behaviour as normal.
But then recognising that, actually, calling out your aggressor is an important act of defiance.
Because what is clear is that if you own a vagina and you travel on public transport, you will at some point be ogled at, catcalled or groped. And that is just not acceptable.