Almost 19 women get sexually assaulted or abused on public transport every month - and that's just in NSW alone. The prevalence of violence against women is a national disgrace, and something must be done to stop it.
The RTBU has been campaigning for more staff at train stations and at transport hubs, along with a stronger safety and security on trains, trams and buses. We've also called for a trial of Safe Carriages for women and children at night, which would have features such as easily accessible distress buttons, extra CCTV and increased supervision from Train Guards or Transit Officers. Safe carriages are already used in other countries such as Germany and Japan,
Of course, every carriage should be a safe carriage, but we believe this initiative may provide women and children with extra confidence that they can travel safely on public transport.
What do you think?