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The British Transport Police have launched a chilling new video as part of its campaign to stop sexual harassment. The video depicts a woman being groped by a man during a rush-hour ride on the Tube, and as the man’s unwanted advances become increasingly overt and violating — from leering at her to eventually thrusting his groin into her backside — a narrator repeatedly asks viewers, “Would you report it?”
The new campaign is an attempt to urge more female commuters to report instances of unwanted sexual harassment that they experience on public transport in London by texting the “what, where, when” to 61016.
The video, titled ‘Report it to Stop it,’ is a joint effort by the Metropolitan Police Service, the City of London Police and Transport for London as part of Project Guardian, a long-term initiative set up after after a safety and security survey in 2013 found that 15 percent of women in London had experienced unwanted sexual behavior on the transport network, but only 10 percent of incidents were reported to the police.
Mark Newton, assistant chief constable of the British Transport Police, said in a statement, “Everyone has the right to travel on the transport network safely and we will not tolerate any unwanted sexual behavior. We want the traveling 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 behavior, and we will do everything we can to find those responsible.”
Additionally, the Transport police also set up a Tumblr that provides information and breaks down the various types of unwanted sexual behavior that people can report, including rubbing, groping, masturbation, leering, sexual comments, indecent acts, or someone taking photos without consent. It also mentions that the victim doesn’t have to prove that it was a criminal offense, as police would then follow up with an investigation.