UBC women need safety from sexual assault on public transit and on campus

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Hundreds of thousands of women and girls use public transit every day in and around our region. How can we improve public transit safety for students and for everyone? Women Transforming Cities and the AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre have partnered to host an evening of dialogue on Sexual Assault, Safety and Public Transit on Monday January 13th from 6 pm to 8 pm at the UBC Student Union Building, Room 205, 6138 Student Union Building Boulevard.

This is the 14th Women Transforming Cities monthly café event involving over 600 participants throughout the lower mainland. Additional information can be found at womentransformingcities.org.

Women and girls at UBC have been hit with a series of sexual assaults over the past few months. Movement around campus has become a frightening prospect for some. What about sexual offending on the commute to school or work?

“This is an opportunity to change the culture of transit” — Angela Marie MacDougall (Executive Director at Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS))

Angela Marie MacDougall (BWSS), Anisa Mottahed (Manager of The Sexual Assault Support Centre at UBC), and Wendy Hawthorne (senior sergeant with the BC Transit Police) will speak briefly at the event, followed by broad roundtable conversations. Participants are encouraged to share and generate ideas to increase safety on public transit.

 

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