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How to subtly call for help if you’re being sexually harassed on a train

Sexual harassment is all too common on public transport, however British Transport Police have launc..

By admin , in Cambridge , at April 30, 2018

Sexual harassment is all too common on public transport, however British Transport Police have launched a way to deal with the problem.

The police are urging all victims of sexual harassment to discreetly text 61016, with messages being monitored by BTP control room staff.

The service is launched as part of the wider Every Report Builds a Picture campaign, which aims to tackle sexual harassment on public transport.

Police say victims dont have to prove a crime was committed or that the harassment was intentional, and that British Transport Police officers will investigate no matter the severity of the incident.

Whether its someone making an inappropriate comment or a serious sexual assault, officers will help.

Officers will also be dressed in civilian clothes to try and catch potential offenders.

British Transport Police say theyve had some success with a campaign to crack down on unwanted sexual behaviour and assaults.

However, some victims are still unsure whether anything can or will be done to catch the perpetrators.

Police say multiple reports from different people can help officers piece together descriptions and find offenders.

Police hope the new service will increase awareness of sexual harassment

The Every Report Builds a Picture campaign is the second phase of the Report It To Stop It project, aimed at tackling under-reporting of sexual offences and inappropriate behaviour on trains.

Patrols will be stepped up from this week. Uniformed officers will be on trains advising people on how to report incidents.

Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Furnell said: “Tackling all forms of unwanted sexual behaviour on the railway is a priority for us.

“Each report we receive provides us with valuable information which we can use to build a picture of an offender. The sooner we receive a report, the better chance we have of catching the offender.

“We want people to know that even if they think something is too small to be taken seriously by police, that is not the case. Often it allows us to notice a pattern of offending behaviour and we will take action.

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The Detective Chief Superintendent also said he would welcome an increase in sexual harassment incidents, as a result of this new service.

He said: “Although normally an increase in reported crime is seen as negative, we welcome the increased reporting of sexual offences.

“This indicates an increased awareness that all types of unwanted sexual behaviour are unacceptable. More people have the confidence to report what has happened to them and know we will take them seriously.

“No incident is too small or trivial. We will always take you seriously.”

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