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Butt-Slapper Terrorizes Subway, Tish James Speaks Out


NY1 says there’s a serial butt-slapper riding the trains. Cops say they’ve received about a dozen reports of the man slapping butts in and around Crown Heights. Councilmember Tish James denounces the assailant as a “lowlife” and a “coward.” He is thought to be in his mid-20s, between 5′ 10″ and 6′ and between 175 and 200 pounds.

Sexual harassment on the trains is a big hidden issue. A 2007 poll found 63 percent of respondents reporting some form of it in their commutes, and HollaBack NYC chronicles such incidents every week. Last year the MTA planned an anti-harassment ad campaign in the trains, and briefly backed off, some thought because officials feared giving a bad impression of the subway; the MTA later reinstated it. But the butt-slapper hasn’t gotten the message.

In some foreign jurisdictions they have gendersegregated cars to accommodate women who don’t want to be slapped, groped, or humped. We wonder how long it will be before somebody proposes this here.

Update: An arrest has been made.


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