Fighting sexual harassment is everyone’s business. SYTRAL Mobilités, responsible for the TCL network, has been preparing actions and information campaigns for several years to combat this scourge and make public transport journeys as safe as possible.
Some have already had those moments of pain in life where we find ourselves completely disarmed, even in danger in the face of an attack we experienced or witnessed. It is rare on the TCL network which is one of the most secure in France. By doubling down on actions and communicating aggressively about it, TCL wants to dissuade potential abusers and give the right feedback to victims or witnesses.
1 – TCL Incident Reporting App
Were you aware that in the TCL app and on TCL.fr there was a tab where we could report assaults, accidents, rudeness, sexual harassment and other victims or witnesses? You can too Report any tampering on the TCL website or via the app via this same form.
👉 Our advice: In addition to the application, if you are a witness or victim of harassment, do not hesitate to contact 17 or the security computer directly via the contact stations located at the stations and on the trains.
2- Cameras for more security
Over a hundred personal protection cameras have been deployed since 2021 with control and intervention agents. Nearly 10,000 video security cameras have also been installed at metro, tram, bus and train stations. SYTRAL Mobilités also aims to continue installing cameras inside the metro by 2024, as is currently the case on Lines B and D, where all stations are equipped.
👉 Our advice: If you are the victim of an attack, immediately request exploit network images. And despite all these cameras, if you witness any indecency, feel free to film the scene discreetly and show the video to the victim to provide evidence.
3- Preventive measures with young people
Because prevention is better than cure, TCL also does a lot of preventive work with young people. TCL agents regularly meet with young people, in high schools or associations, to raise their awareness of sexual harassment on public transportation.
👉 Our advice: We can also do prevention with our friends, by talking about sexual harassment during our next aperitif (and to remind that good friend who is a bit silly, no, comments about our clothes or appearance, are not welcome when you go out or come back from a party!) .
4 – Disembark upon request
Since 2019, you have the option, after 10 p.m., to ask the bus driver to stop between two stops. To allow you to exit as close to your home (or destination) as possible. So don’t hesitate to do this if you don’t feel confident on the bus, on the journey that takes you to your destination, or simply if you want to be reassured when you get home.
👉 Our advice: Why did you dare to intervene during the attack? Make yourself useful next, by going to see if the victim needs help and reassuring them. Offer to accompany her to file a complaint, testify, or take her home.
5- Agents to protect the weak
You may have seen them on the edges of platforms or at the entrance of subway entrances, but more and more dealerships are on the TCL network.. If you have a problem you can go to them and they will help you. That’s why they’re here, so don’t forget that.
👉 Our advice: If you witness an assault, approach it and pretend you know it. This technique has proven itself and often allows the aggressor to stop.
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