“Sexual Harassment is a Crime in the Subway”: Poetry in Motion

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Seen today on a downtown Number 1 train in NYC, the sign above.  It reads:

Sexual Harassment is a Crime in the subway

A crowded train is no excuse for an improper touch.

Don’t stand for it or feel ashamed, or be afraid to speak up.

Report it to an MTA employee or police officer.

So unexpected was this public service announcement that I mistook it at first for part of the NYC Transit’s “Poetry in Motion” series — snippets of poems taking the place of ads on the city’s subway system — like this one from W.H. Auden:

Auden

Next I’d like to see a PSA aimed at harassers and would be harassers:

Sexual Harassment is a Crime in the Subway

There is never an excuse for an improper touch.

A person who reports sexual harassment will be believed and taken seriously.

An MTA employee or police officer will have arrested anyone who sexually harasses another on the subway.

-Bridget Crawford

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