New Westminster – Metro Vancouver Transit Police and Hollaback! Vancouver have teamed up to raise awareness about harassment on transit and share tips on how bystanders can play a role in making a difference.
International Anti-Street Harassment Week is from April 12 to 18. Harassment is not harmless. It makes people feel uncomfortable, threatened and isolated. In recognition of Anti-Street Harassment week, Transit Police and Hollaback! Vancouver encourages bystanders to speak up and take action by following the four D’s:
- Direct intervention – ask the person if they need help?
- Delegate – call for help. Report non-emergency issues to Transit Police by text 87-77-77 or call 604-515-8300.
- Distract – give the person being harassment an out. For example, act like you know them and begin a conversation.
- Delay – check in with the person afterwards to see if they need help.
Download the Hollaback app to see what harassment looks like in Vancouver. Report non-emergency issues by text to 87-77-77 or download OnDuty, the Metro Vancouver Transit Police app. The app also enables bystanders to safety and discreetly report non-emergency incidents on transit and track crime hotspots from a mobile device.
Join the conversation using the hashtags #SeeSay and #ItsNotACompliment to show your support. Imagine if everyone found harassment unacceptable?
Remember if you see something, say something.