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I was groped on the tram, and it wasn't the first time it's happened

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14.02.2019

Like many of Melbourne's 4.8 million residents, I take public transport to work every day. Anyone who has ever spent time commuting during peak hour knows how crowded it can be.

We pack ourselves into every available nook and cranny on trains, trams and buses until we can barely breathe. We may not know our fellow passengers' names, but we can tell what they ate for breakfast.

Anyone who has ever spent time commuting during peak hour knows how crowded it can be. Credit:Joe Armao

Our daily commute should be nothing more than a mild inconvenience. But too often, it's so much worse for half the population.

I stepped onto the 86 tram yesterday morning on my way to the office. As usual, it was Sardine Land. I was packed in right next to the door, with two of the vertical poles in front of my chest. I grasped the one directly in front of my left hand while the well-dressed businessman packed in at my right held the other.

As soon as the tram started to move, I noticed his hand inch up the handle closer to my breast. This made me slightly uncomfortable, but I figured he was simply tightening his grip. After all, we were about to head uphill and it gets bumpy.

I ignored it and started thinking about the meeting I had to attend later that day.

The tram started........

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