Montpellier: Ravec Ta Soeur connects women who travel alone in the city

Street harassment, verbal and physical assaults. With Recommendpage Ta Soeur, the women of Montpellier help each other and share a little about their daily travels.

“The testimonies of the attacks on line 3 of the tramway followed one another around me, I could no longer remain without acting”. At the start of the 2021 school year, Elise, 27, has just resumed her studies in Montpellier. She falls on to “Yet another post denouncing a serial rapist”. Élise decides to respond, in her comments, to the appeal of Loïs, 22, who proposes the creation of a Facebook group dedicated to women in transport.

Within days, the two women from Montpellier launched Ravec Ta Soeur, initially intended to connect women who travel alone at night. “We quickly realized that it wasn’t just a problem between 7pm and 6am in the morning. Imagine the image of a woman alone in the dark, but some also wanted to be accompanied during the day”confides Elisa.

Solidarity and testimonies

“Is anyone taking a trip to St-Eloi-Comédie tonight?” “I go from the hospitals to Lattes every morning, carpooling for those interested.” With this type of post, the group has grown to 1000 members, including 25-year-old Manon. A few months ago she participated in a self-defense training session, started by Elise, in collaboration with a sports club in the city.

“At first I went there because Elise is a friend and I wanted to support her in her projects, I thought I didn’t need it. And in the end I realized that I didn’t have all the reflexes to adopt during an attack on public space, verbal or physical. Like her, a dozen other young women were able to participate in her actions for free or at a fraction of the cost.

Ravec Ta Soeur has also become a space for discussion and prevention. Last November, Salomé, 23, a student of Paul Valéry, testified: “Saturday night, my friend and I were almost duped by a fake taxi. The guy pretended to be the ride we ordered. He insisted my friend sit next to him. No, I didn’t have a phone or a GPS. My friend managed to get out of the car. I don’t know if it’s an isolated case, but beware. “

Ideas to combat insecurity

Thanks to the negative experiences other girls share about the group, she has become an expert on tips for going out at night and minimizing the dangers. “I don’t feel alone, I seem to talk to people who listen to me, who understand me and who can help me”assures Salome.

Loïs, the origin of Ravec Ta Soeur, however, would like to go further. The former law student, who recently deviated into computer science, deplores the lack of overnight transportation. “I live in a neighborhood where the last bus runs at 10pm. I have to walk all over the city when I go out to a nightclub.”

Loïs would like to see buses and stops on request arriving in Montpellier for the women of Montpellier. “It would be a nice idea to do like in Strasbourg, where the bus drops us off near our house. It would avoid bad encounters. But, for me, it all starts with education. I plan to intervene very soon in primary schools to warn about harassment. and deviant behavior “.

For the moment, the group still has limited effects. The administrators hope to see the arrival of new members to give a real boost to their initiative.

To join the group, click here.

“Refuge” shops and self-defense courses

This year the municipality and the ICC have established the “refuge zones” system, which should allow women to ask for assistance from the nearest merchants. 48 shops in the center of Montpellier received certification on 8 March, International Women’s Day. And to complement this initiative, like the administrators of Ravec Ta Soeur, the Municipality offers free self-defense courses. Six-course sessions, organized by the Nuage association, which supports victims of sexual violence. The next sessions will take place from May 14 to June 18. Membership of the Association is mandatory.

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