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Bay Area Girls Lead Campaign Against Sexual Harassment on Public Transit

In the San Francisco Bay Area, BART is working with youth of color to address gender-based violence on its trains.

Three hundred posters like this will be displayed in and around BART stations and trains, as part of the @NotOneMoreGirl campaign.

Three hundred posters like this will be displayed in and around BART stations and trains, as part of the @NotOneMoreGirl campaign.

Courtesy of BART/Nisha Sethi of Betti Ono

For Uche Esomonu, public transit has always been a lifeline. Since she doesn’t drive, the 20-year-old Sacramento resident uses it to get to job interviews, work and school, to see family, and to buy products to do her hair. But the mode of transportation can also be laced with fear — a prevalent experience for Esomonu when she rode the Bay Area Rapid Transit system while attending college in the region’s eastern suburbs.

“I always found that I couldn’t use BART at night because I was always scared, and if I had to ever use it night I was always on edge,” she said. “I never liked entering in during rush hour because I didn't want to squeeze with people, because I always thought I would get groped.”