More women reporting sex crimes on New York City subways

Reports of sexual offenses in New York City's subway system are way up.

Authorities say reports are up more than 50 percent from last year due to more women reporting the crimes.

The Wall Street Journal ( ) says the offenses include unwanted touching, public lewdness and unlawful taking of inappropriate video or photos.

Police say crimes that would previously go unreported because victims were intimated or didn't believe their case would be taken seriously are now being documented and investigated.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority created a website in 2014 where victims could report offenses. The agency also has added plainclothes officers on trains looking for perpetrators.


Information from: The Wall Street Journal,