The British Transport Police have released a new video urging London’s transport users to report instances of sexual harassment.
The clip, entitled ‘Report it to Stop it’, features a woman enduring escalating incidents of unwanted sexual behaviour from a man on the Tube and asks the viewer: ‘Would you report it?’
The video is part of a long-term initiative to reduce sexual assault on public transport in London called Project Guardian, which came about following a study that found 15 percent of Londoners had experienced unwanted sexual behaviour on public transport but 90 percent of those incidents went unreported.
The clip ends with the woman getting off the train and reporting the incident to BTP by texting 61016.
‘Everyone has the right to travel on the transport network safely and we will not tolerate any unwanted sexual behaviour,’ Mark Newton, Assistant Chief Constable of British Transport Police, told the Independent.
‘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.
‘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.’
The BTP say that victims would not have to prove a reported incident is criminal or intentional.
British Transport Police have also set up a companion site on Tumblr, which can be found here.