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Sara F.

Say something
Sara F.

Sexual harassment in public transport is something that I have only experienced once, but it was very, very scary. I was with my uncle and my aunt and I was going somewhere. They decided to take public transport because they didn’t prefer any other option. As I got into the bus, the conductor tapped my ass.

I didn’t know how to feel at the time, because it was very new to me. So I told my uncle as soon as we got in that this guy tapped my ass. He said, “Oh, we don’t want to create a scene, so don’t say anything.”

So I said OK, and told my aunt, who then said, “You should just have a little pin that you use to prick the guy, and not say anything.”

One thing that everyone told me was not to say anything. I think that is something that we as a community need to overcome, because we need to say something. Otherwise, it’s never going to change.

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UNFPA, the lead UN agency responding to gender-based violence in emergencies, is working with the Government of Sri Lanka to tackle sexual harassment and other forms of gender-based violence, wherever they occur. UNFPA advocates for women and girls at the highest level and engages them in efforts to find lasting solutions. Yet more can be done to protect women and girls and hold their perpetrators to account. You can help. 

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