FBI launches awareness campaign for sexual assault on airplanes

FBI launches awareness campaign for sexual assault on airplanes

The FBI launched an awareness campaign for sexual assault on airplanes Friday afternoon in El Paso.

“That’s a serious offense that a lot of people don’t generally report,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Emmerson Buie said.

Buie said many people don’t report instances because of embarrassment or not knowing what steps to take.

He said victims or witnesses should immediately let flight crews know if something happens.

In recent years, the FBI has received an increased number of sexual assault reports. In 2014, there were 38. Last year, the number of reports jumped to 63.

“We believe there are thousands of cases that go unreported,” Buie said.

Passengers tell CBS4 they would have no problem alerting flight crews if they saw something concerning on a flight.

“Of course because sometimes the victim them(selves) can’t speak for their own self,” Jesus Olivares said.

Awareness posters will be hung around the airport early next week.

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