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A teenager who was recently assaulted outside Nanaimo SkyTrain stationsaid yesterday she’s too scared to take transit and appealed toTransLink to improve safety.


A teenager who was recently assaulted outside Nanaimo SkyTrain station said yesterday she’s too scared to take transit and appealed to TransLink to improve safety.

Sheshleen Datt, 18, was attacked on April 29 by six girls who haven’t been charged because video of the assault was erased.

“I can’t do what I used to,” Datt said. “I can’t just go to the mall. I can’t go to work. Someone has to drive me. … People rely on transit and we need to feel safe.”

Datt, NDP MLA Adrian Dix and others affected by violence along the transit line got together at Nanaimo station to gather signatures for a safety petition. It calls for permanent guards and walk-home programs at high-risk stations.

Sandra Martins-Toner, whose son Matthew Martins was killed outside Surrey Central station, said Datt’s story drew painful memories.

“Anytime there’s an assault at a SkyTrain station I’m reminded of (Matthew),” she said, breaking down in tears.

 
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