Sexual Harassment on public transport

Meeting: 
MQT on 2018-11-22
Session date: 
November 22, 2018
Reference: 
2018/3198
Question By: 
Unmesh Desai
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

How many incidents of sexual harassment on public transport were reported in the following years: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018?

Answers

Answer for Sexual Harassment on public transport
Sexual Harassment on public transport

Sexual Harassment on public transport

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Transport for London (TfL) is committed to improving the safety of public transport and tackling unwanted sexual behaviour on public transport. TfL, the Metropolitan Police Service and the British Transport Police have been working together through Project Guardian and the Report it to Stop it Campaign to encourage reporting, strengthen enforcement and bring offenders to justice.  

The below table shows the number of reports of sexual offences reported on public transport between 2014 and 2018:

 

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

(Apr – Aug)

Number of offences reported

1,217

1,579

1,950

2,335

2,396

1,185

 

The increase in reports of sexual offences was anticipated and is considered a positive result of the efforts by TfL and the police, as part of Project Guardian and the Report It to Stop It campaign. It follows a significant and planned change in approach by TfL and the police – including the Report It to Stop It campaign, the enhanced policing effort, and making it easier for victims to report offences.