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OC Transpo system sees 85 sexual assaults since 2008

Media Date: 19/06/2013
Type of Media: newspaper
Name of Media: Metro

Interviewer: Alex Boutilier

Interviewee: Julie S. Lalonde Role: Director of Hollaback! Ottawa

Article Information

Background The Metro is a free daily paper that is read primarily by commuters and transit riders. Therefore, stories related to transit are frequently featured.
Reason Hollaback! Ottawa has prioritized safety on transit for 2013. This priority coincided with the announcement that arrests had been made regarding sexual assaults on transit.

The publicity has resulted in a few journalists prioritizing this issue and maintaining the necessary pressure needed to see concrete changes on transit.
Comment We appreciated being asked to weigh in on the recently dug up statistics related to sexual assault on transit over the past 5 years.
Outcome Front page coverage of the issue of sexual assault on transit will go a long way in changing perceptions about the prevalence of the issue.
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Keywords: Hollaback! Ottawa, transit, OC Transpo, sexual harassment, sexual assault, statistics, public transit