A Brooklyn woman says a subway conductor was unsympathetic to her after she showed him photos of a man masturbating across from her on a 3 train. Tiffany Jackson described her interaction on an Instagram post that has since been deleted (NSFW screengrab here): "He rolled his eyes, annoyed, and radioed dispatch," adding, "The conductor grumbled and told me to just go upstairs and report the incident to the booth." But there wasn't a token booth on her side of the station (Nevins Street) and she says that as she tried to find it, the perv was following her.

Worried, Jackson then took another train, later explaining on Instagram: "Not upset about jerk-off guy, there are creeps all over this city. I’m more upset how the MTA handled themselves...They acted like I was more of a nuisance than trying to help me, and sent me right in the path of danger."

Now that her story has sparked outrage, the Daily News reports that "MTA officials said the agency’s protocol for handling sexual misconduct reports will be reviewed." And Jackson said that the NYPD's Chief of Transit Joseph Fox contacted her:

Update on Jerk Off guy pic! Thanks for sharing my story!

A photo posted by Ms. Jackson (@writeinbk) on


Jackson did what the MTA says she should do in a situation like this—and she even had photographs!—but unfortunately she felt her attempt to report the crime was essentially belittled. This sometimes happens to many people who try to report things to the NYPD and MTA. Example: a woman who saw and photographed a man masturbating on M train went to a police precinct to report it, only for a female cop to yell at her, " "You want me to take down the report?! Is that what you want?!" Another example: Two women who were victims of the same upskirt photographer had to repeatedly convince officers to take a report.

Do not let the authorities try to sweep these incidents under the rug. The MTA's website has a place for riders to report subway misconduct and even a place for riders to submit images. We know that detectives have contacted subway riders after they've submitted their incidents via the website. As I wrote in July, "Seeing someone's penis while riding the subway is not a 'Hey, it's New York' thing—it's a completely messed up and disgusting technique that sickos use to intimidate you."