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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:


  • NYC Sexual Assault Hotline: (212) 227-3000,
  • NYC Anti-Violence Project (for LGBTQ and HIV-affected individuals): (212) 714-1141,
  • TDD Hotline: (866) 604-5350
  • RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network): (800) 656 HOPE (4673),

You can also download our Sex Crimes Awareness brochure.