A new thought-provoking video has been released by British Transport Police in a bid to urge more London transport users to report instances of sexual harassment that they experience while on the Tube.
The video title “Report it to Stop it” was released yesterday and is aimed at helping to bring about a London transport system free from harassment, by getting victims to text the BTP when they feel they have been a victim of sexual harassment or assault.
The video was made in association with the Metropolitan Police Service, the City of London Police and Transport for London, as part of the BTP’s Project Guardian, which was set up after a study in 2013 found that 15% of Londoners had experienced unwanted sexual behaviour on the transport network, but only 10% of these incidents were reported to the police.
Another study carried out by the BTP showed that incidents of sexual harassment on the tube were on the rise, with 121 incidents reported in 2014 when compared with 82 in 2013. The Project aims to reduce sexual assaults and unwanted sexual behaviour on public transport in London, particularly for women aged between 16 and 35.
In the video, a woman is filmed standing on a busy tube train, when a male commuter begins behaving inappropriately towards her.
As the man’s actions become of an increasing sexual nature, the viewer is repeatedly asked, “Would you report this?”
At one point, the man is filmed groping and rubbing the woman as fellow commuters stand by unaware of his actions.
The video ends with the clearly shaken traveller running off the train and outside of the station, before reporting the incident to the BTP by texting the number 61016.
The BTP were also keen to stress to those using the service that it would be the responsibility of the BTP to investigate the offence on behalf of the victim and victims would not have to prove whether the actions were criminal or intentional.
Mark Newton, Assistant Chief Constable of British Transport Police, said: "Everyone has the right to travel on the transport network safely and we will not tolerate any unwanted sexual behaviour.
"We want the travelling public to feel confident that we take every sexual incident seriously no matter what has happened and we believe what is reported to us.
"By working with our partners we want people to feel encouraged to report unwanted sexual behaviour, and we will do everything we can to find those responsible."
If you feel you have been a victim of sexual harassment on London Transport you can report it by texting the BTP on 61016 or calling the Met Police on 101Reuse content