Sexual Harrassment on Muni
Years ago, my sister stood on a packed MUNI bus to go home. While she was standing, she was sexually harrassed by another passenger. Being that this was a crowded bus, nobody but my sister and perpetrator were aware of what happened. My sister, afraid of the consequences of speaking up, decided to remain silent and get off as soon as she arrived at her stop.
In middle school, I sat in the back of the 30 Stockton where passenger seats are facing each other rather than facing forward. As soon as I sat down, I saw the man sitting across from me pull his penis out and start masturbating right in front of me. Like my sister, I said nothing and immediately got off the bus.
Last week, my mom was taking a crowded 9 line and sat in the seniors/disabled persons section. She sat in between two men who were obviously neither seniors nor disabled. While my mom was sitting, one man put his hand behind my mom and pinched her butt twice. Meanwhile, the man on the other side incessantly nudged my mom's leg with his leg. The week before, my mom's friend was beaten while trying to stand up for herself. Because of this, my mom was too afraid to speak up against these guys.
Because of these past experiences, I would like to encourage anyone who may experience any type of harrassment while on Muni with other people to speak up about it.
With that said, what can we do to make the ride on Muni safer? What can we do to encourage people to speak up for themselves?