Sexual assaults on the TTC are being reported at a rate of about two per week, new figures show.
There were 577 reports of sexual assault on TTC property or vehicles between 2011 and 2015, according to Toronto Police data obtained by the Toronto Star through a freedom of information request.
On the John Oakley Show, TTC spokesman Brad Ross said any incidence of sexual assault on the TTC is one too many. He noted that the Transit Commission has several initiatives in place to promote passenger safety, including cameras, passenger assistance alarms and the night-time stop request program on buses.
“Ultimately, these offenders are the ones who are causing this problem, and people need to learn to keep their hands to themselves on the TTC or anywhere for that matter,” he said.
According to the Star, the numbers are almost double those previously released by the TTC, which compiles its stats based on incidents that have been reported to staff.
“We don’t necessarily know when people report to police,” Ross said, adding that the TTC has always said it believed the number of incidents to be higher.
Next year the TTC is launching a new app that will allow passengers to report harassment, sexual assault and other complaints.
“We want everyone who rides the system to be safe and secure at all times,” Ross said.
Listen to the full interview with AM 640’s John Oakley: