Boston steps up

It’s muggier’n Satan’s armpit here in Boston, and I’m battling a fierce summer cold, but I’m holding onto some good thoughts to keep myself going.

The first is that Governor Deval Patrick declared intimate partner violence a public health emergency. The state has distributed informational pamphlets in several languages, and says it will do a better job training police officers in how to deal with domestic violence complaints and has passed a bill creating a standardized method of response to victims by hospitals. Reporters even called up the head of Jane Doe, Inc., Mary Lauby, who gave great quotes like,

“Immigrant victims are afraid to reach out for help,” she said. “It is literally killing people because they’re afraid to come forward.”

The second is that Boston has started a great advertising campaign aimed at calling attention to and reducing subway harassment. See the ads below the jump.

Small text: Our cameras, our undercover police, and passengers with camera phones are watching you. Expose yourself, touch or rub up against someone inappropriately, and we will prosecute. It’s not harmless; it’s a crime.

Small text: If someone rubs or touches you inappropriately, speak up. Even better, use your camera phone to snap a picture. Then report it to an MBTA station official or call 617-222-1212. [If you live in Boston, you might want to program that number into your cell now so you have it if you need it.]

This one’s my personal favorite:

Small text: No one should make you feel uncomfortable by touching you or rubbing you without your permission. Sexual harassment is a crime that will be prosecuted. But first you must report it to an MBTA official or call 617-222-1212.

Boston still has a lot of problems, obviously, but some days we live up to our crazy pinko progressive reputation.

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