Transit Sex Offense Awareness
Being groped or flashed should not be part of your subway ride.
The NYPD is committed to preventing and addressing sex crimes in the subways.
- Remain alert and aware of your surroundings. A crowded train is no excuse for an inappropriate touch.
- Trust your instincts. Be aware of those around you, especially someone uncomfortably close to you. Remove yourself immediately from the area.
- Photographing or filming a person's intimate body parts without consent is a crime. Report it!
What to Do
- Alert a police officer or any MTA employee if you are the victim of inappropriate or unwanted sexual conduct.
- If you witness sexual misconduct, we encourage you to report it.
- Provide as much information as you can.
- It may be possible to prosecute without you having to testify or appear in court.
- When reporting, you may remain anonymous. However, we encourage you to provide us with your contact information. Such information may greatly assist investigators and result in a successful prosecution.
You have several options in reporting:
- Call 911; you may remain anonymous.
- Speak to any MTA employee on the scene.
- Speak to police officers on the scene.
- Go to any Precinct, Transit District, or Housing Police Service Area (PSA).
- Report, and/or upload pictures or video online through the MTA portal: www.mta.info
- NYC Sexual Assault Hotline: (212) 227-3000, www.safehorizon.org
- NYC Anti-Violence Project (for LGBTQ and HIV-affected individuals): (212) 714-1141, www.avp.org
- TDD Hotline: (866) 604-5350
- RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network): (800) 656 HOPE (4673), www.rainn.org
You can also download our Sex Crimes Awareness brochure.