Addressing Gender Based Violence
BART has partnered with Alliance for Girls, Betti Ono, Black Girls Brilliance, The Unity Council’s Latinx Mentorship and Achievement (LMA) Program, and a group of Alliance for Girls advocacy member organizations to launch the “Not One More Girl” campaign and twelve point policy advocacy initiative that was unanimously supported by the BART board in a resolution in February 2020. Not One More Girl is a community driven initiative centering girls and gender expansive youth to reimagine safety for riders on BART. Learn about the campaign and the posters.
Not One More Girl uses youth participatory action research, cultural strategy, art, and policy change to dismantle the systems that have enabled gender-based violence and instead create systems of empowerment for riders.
This resource website includes:
Resources for Gender Based Violence and Sexual Harassment on BART
How to Report Gender Based Violence and Sexual Harassment
What to Expect When You Report
Non Police Resources
Acts Against State Law
About The Not One More Girl Campaign
Community Activation Events
Digital Swag Bag and Healing Kits
Our campaign sends a clear message to the aggressor that sexual harassment will not be tolerated.
We recognize that your safety should not be your responsibility and no one should be worried for themselves when riding public transit.
If you are experiencing or witnessing gender-based violence or harassment at BART, there are many ways to get immediate help from a BART employee. There are also community organizations that offer help.
- Call BART Police dispatch at 510-464-7000. You will speak to a police dispatcher. Always call this number or 911 for crimes in progress or emergencies.
- Use the free BART Watch app to send a private message to police dispatch. An anonymous feature is available. Location services are enabled on the app but can be disabled in “permissions.” When enabled, your location is provided to police dispatch when you submit a report via the app.
- Text BART Police dispatch at 510-200-0992.
- The Coliseum station also has an emergency call box on the platform that connects you to police dispatch.
When using BART Watch, police dispatch uses the following definitions to determine police response. Please keep these definitions in mind when selecting a reporting category:
Sexual Assault/Lewd Behavior: Physical sexual acts done against a person’s will or when a person is not able to consent, exposure of genitals or public masturbation, and inappropriate touching or groping.
This is criminal behavior and an officer will be dispatched.
Disruptive Behavior: Willfully disturbing others on or in a system facility or vehicle by engaging in boisterous or unruly behavior. Fighting or challenging another person to fight, as well as someone who uses offensive words likely to provoke an immediate violent reaction.
This is potentially criminal behavior and an officer may be dispatched based on the specific scenario and details from the reporting party.
Human Trafficking: Exploiting another person for labor, services, or commercial sex.
This is criminal behavior and an officer will be dispatched.
Unwanted sexual harassment (non-criminal): Unwelcomed conduct of a sexual nature, including unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or physical sexual acts. Invasion of personal space or unwanted staring.
This is not criminal behavior and you will receive this response:
“Thank you for reporting this incident. If you require immediate police assistance or you do not feel safe please reply here or contact BART Police Dispatch at (510) 464-7000. BART does not tolerate sexual harassment and it is important we collect data on how often and where it happens to guide our prevention and response strategies. We’ve partnered with the Alliance for Girls and local community leaders on the “Not One More Girl” campaign to provide our riders with resources related to this behavior. Visit www.bart.gov/NotOneMoreGirl”
On BART/At the Station
- Use the train intercom button located at the end doors, near where you walk from one car into another, to speak to the train operator. On Fleet of the Future cars the train operator will get an automatic video feed inside your train car when the intercom button is pressed. Older legacy cars do not have this feature.
- Use the white phones located on the platforms to connect to a station agent. This phone will roll over to the Operations Control Center which is staffed 24/7.
- Seek out any BART employee. Look for employees with a BART logo on their uniform. Frontline employees have received training on handling crisis incidents.
It is a personal decision to report criminal activity related to sexual harassment and gender-based violence. When reporting, it helps to know what acts are against the law, which is outlined here.
It also helps to understand what will be expected from you if you decide to report an incident and perhaps press charges.
If you do not feel comfortable reaching out to BART police, you can contact the following community organizations, who provide immediate community services for gender based violence and sexual harassment:
- Bay Area Women Against Rape Hotline 510-845-7273
- Family Violence Law Center (for Alameda County) Hotline 1-800-947-8301
- National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-7233
- San Francisco Women Against Rape Crisis Line 415-647-7273
- San Mateo County Rape Trauma Service 650-652-0598
- San Mateo County After Hours Crisis Hotline 650-692-7273
- West Contra Costa County Rape Crisis Center 510-236-7672
- Central Contra Costa County Rape Crisis Center 925-798-7273
- East Contra Costa County Rape Crisis Center 925-439-7273
Besides contacting BART police or staff there are additional tools and actions you can take.
- If you are traveling alone, you can ride in the first car of the train close to the train operator cab door. This will make it easier to flag the BART operator if you need help.
- At any time while using BART, you can request someone to walk with you or wait with you. You can make this request by contacting police dispatch via phone, text or BART Watch as outlined above. You can request sworn (armed) police personnel or non-sworn (unarmed) Community Service Officers/Ambassadors.
- Program your phone emergency SOS settings so you can alert police and emergency contacts for help in seconds. Instructions for Androids here and iPhones here.
- You can also add the BART police phone number 510-464-7000 on speed dial.
- Use the following apps on your phone to report or alert your loved ones that you are in danger: (note that these apps are not affiliated with BART)
Watch Over Me: Even if your phone is locked, with one shake turn on your phone’s alarm, and video camera, and send an alert to your emergency contacts.
Circle of 6: Two taps lets your circle know where you are and how they can help. Circle of 6 app for iPhone makes it quick and easy to reach the 6 people you choose. For the Spanish version of this app available on Android, check out Circulo.
- Use the following apps to gain a broader range of resources for gender based violence/sexual harassment.
iHollaback: Share your stories, and tell others who share their stories that you've got their back! This app is used to document sexual harassment.
myPlan: App to help with safety decisions if you, or someone you care about, is experiencing abuse in their intimate relationship. It’s private, secure, personalized, & backed by research.
Tech Safety App: Information that can help identify technology-facilitated harassment, stalking, or abuse and includes tips on what can be done.
- Use your voice to let others know about what is going on.
Describe what is happening, be specific and ask a bystander to help you.
Ex: “stop” vs “Person in the jeans and green shirt, get your hand off my thigh, I do not know you and I do not want you to touch me.” or to engage a bystander “Hey, person with the black pants and blue button-down, can you call the BART operator? Can you switch seats with me?”
Broken record technique: Say the same thing over and over again until the person leaves. This is a technique from Malikah which you can watch here.
Ex: have a good day, have a good day, have a good day, etc
- Sexual Violence & Harassment: Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, including unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, physical sexual acts done against a person’s will or when a person is not able to consent (ex: sexual assault), verbal or nonverbal conduct of a sexual nature, invasion of personal space, exposure of genitals or public masturbation, inappropriate touching, grinding, groping, sexually suggestive and unwanted staring, and infliction of the fear for safety.
- Gender-based violence: Social, economic, physical, psychological, verbal, form of violence based on (perceived) gender. (Ex: street harassment, withholding money, etc.)
- Girls: Gender-expansive youth (cis girls, trans girls, non-binary youth, gender non-conforming youth, gender queer youth and any girl-identified youth).
- (Affirmative) Consent: When a person freely agrees or gives permission to a certain action. Affirmative consent is a standard that makes clear there must be voluntary, knowing, mutual, verbally and explicitly communicated consent to engage in sexual activity. Silence does not mean consent. Affirmative consent can be revoked at any time and can be reasserted.
- Gender norms: Socialized performance enforced by society which informs how one behaves and thinks based on perceived gender identity.
- Transphobia: Harmful enforcement of the gender binary that results in the dehumanization and invisibilization of trans-identified people.
- Homophobia: Discrimination of nonheterosexual people and labeled behaviors deemed feminine that often intersects with racial and cultural stereotypes.
*Terms defined by Alliance for Girls, youth leaders, and their members.