LA Metro

LA Metro starts counseling line to combat sexual harassment

Aiming to combat sexual harassment on public transportation, the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority unveiled an around-the-clock counseling hotline Wednesday to provide support to riders who experience unwanted sexual advances.

The launch of the "It's Off Limits" hotline is part of a campaign encouraging riders to report sexual harassment after a 2015 survey of 20,000 riders found one in 14 passengers reported being fondled or groped aboard Metro trains and buses.

"There is no excuse and never an invitation to sexually harass. Riding the bus to work is not an invitation; waiting for the bus at a bus shelter is not an invitation; a crowded subway...

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