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(Photo from WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Doug Cope)

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BOSTON (CBS) – The MBTA is partnering with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center to launch a public awareness campaign about the state’s new upskirting law.

The MBTA has posted 300 ads on buses and trains reminding people of the law.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports

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“The MBTA Transit Police are proud to continue our work on sexual assault awareness with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center,” said MBTA Transit Police Chief Paul MacMillan in a news release. “Those who attempt to invade others’ privacy while riding the MBTA should know that this type of behavior will not be tolerated and this new law will help us to prosecute those who do.”

The ads read, “You have a right to privacy. Secretly photographing a person’s private area is against the law.”

The ads tell people to call 911 if they witness or are victim to this type of behavior, or to report it using the MBTA Transit Police’s “See Something, Say Something” smartphone app.

Transit Police say they have received at least a dozen reports of so-called upskirting incidents over the past three years.

“The Transit Police have been a strong partner to address issues of sexual assault and harassment since 2008, said Executive Director of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, Gina Scaramella said in a statement. “This is an example of the effective work we can do together.”

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