Rob Blackie challenges Transport for London to tackle sexual harassment

A British Transport Police survey published today revealed that a third of women had said that they had suffered some level of sexual harassment on their daily commute by train or tube:

The recent survey also shows that half (51%) of those who have been victims of sexual offending say that other passengers tried to help them, yet only one in five (18%) people who have witnessed sexual harassment have reported it to police.

Contrary to popular belief, crime data also shows that most sexual offending takes place during the evening rush hour period (5-7pm) in busy train carriages.

Just three weeks ago, Transport for London told London Lib Dem Mayoral candidate Rob Blackie that their own survey showed sexual harassment was at a very low rate.

Rob said today:

It is deeply disturbing that women on their commute to work are suffering sexual harassment on such a huge scale.

When I recently asked Transport for London about this very issue, I was told that sexual harassment is at ‘a very low rate’.  Their attitude is shocking. I am pursuing both TfL and the Mayor to take responsibility for safety on London’s trains and tubes.

 

 

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