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New video encourages women to report sexual harassment on the Tube

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A new video showing what it's like to experience harassment on the Tube has been released in a bid to crackdown on unwanted sexual advances on public transport. 

The video, created by the British Transport Police (BTP) for their Report It To Stop It campaign, features a smartly-dressed woman who gets on a train, only to be given unwanted attention by a man in a grey suit.

She initially spots the man staring at her but it slowly gets worse, with subtle touches here and there, until finally she is forced to get off. 

However, once off the train she pulls out her phone and texts 61016 to report the incident to the BTP.

Throughout the video, viewers are asked at which point would they decide to report the behaviour to the police.

As part of the new campaign launched this month, the video at the end asks people to report any behaviour that makes them feel uncomfortable.

The initiative is available nationwide and was put in place after the BTP found that 90% of unwanted sexual contact goes unreported.

It follows the success of Project Guardian, a partnership between BTP, Transport for London (TfL), the Metropolitan Police and City of London Police, which began in 2013 and aimed to create a London transport network free from harassment.

Laura Bates, who is behind Everyday Sexism, also worked with Project Guardian in 2013 to highlight the importance of cracking down on sexual harassment on public transport by publishing tweets of women who had been affected.

To find out more take a look at their website report-it.tumblr.com and text 61061 to report an incident.



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