Title

Sexual Harassment and Assault in Transit Environments: A Review of the English-language Literature

Publication Date

8-1-2020

Document Type

Article

Department

Urban and Regional Planning

Publication Title

Journal of Planning Literature

Volume

35

Issue

3

DOI

10.1177/0885412220911129

First Page

267

Last Page

280

Abstract

The #MeToo movement has brought much attention to crimes of sexual harassment in the workplace, but less attention has been given to such crimes taking place in transit environments. Reviewing international literature on sexual harassment, assault, and rape in transit environments, this article explores questions that relate to the nature, frequency, and impact of these crimes, and the strategies and interventions adopted by and recommended to public agencies to improve actual and perceived safety for riders. Highlighting an issue that primarily affects women, the article helps advocate for a better inclusion of women’s needs in planning for safety and mobility.

Keywords

public transit, sexual harassment, transit crime, women’s safety

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