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An anonymous STM passenger has reached out to MTLBlog to share an alarming story about a man sending unsolicited dick pics to women on the Montreal metro. She hopes that her story can serve as a warning to other passengers, especially women, who might find themselves the target of such sexual harassment.
She writes: "I was taking the metro at around 11 PM alone and received an unsolicited dick pic via AirDrop. I did not even know the function was enabled on my phone. The sender tried sending 3 different photos, all sexual in nature before I was able to disable the function."
AirDrop is a function that allows iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch users to "instantly share your photos, videos, documents, and more with other Apple devices that are nearby," according to Apple.
"It was orange line— going from Cremazie to Sauve" she continues. "By the thumbnails of the photos, seems to be a middle eastern man. There was no man on the cart with me at the time, just another girl, around my age (20-25) who also received the photos."
"I Googled it, [AirDrop] can reach up to 30 feet away. So it definitely could’ve been a neighbouring cart or someone on the platform."
MTLBlog went to the scene to investigate and speak to other STM passengers about the latest incident. Watch that video below:
This isn't the first incident in which a man made use of AirDrop to send dick pics to women on the Montreal metro. In July 2018, the CBC first reported on the phenomenon, using the example of a McGill graduate who had received nude photos while on the STM network.
That same month, Radio-Canada writer Djavan Habel-Thurton shared his own encounter with unsolicited dick pics on public transit.
As many as 4 out of every 10 women have received unwanted pictures of male genitals. In 2017, however, the Huffington Post reported that most incidents of so-called "cyber-flashing" go unreported.
MTLBlog correspondent Olivia Lyle reports that Canadian officials are attempting to better define measures to crack down on cyber-flashing, a type of sexual harassment that current Canadian law does not account for, says HuffPost Canada.
AirDrop is automatically enabled on iPhones. To disable it, users must open the Settings app and navigate to General > AirDrop > "Receiving Off."
For more information on cyber flashing and its prevalence, refer to the CBC here.