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The free Railway Guardian app helps you report crime to British Transport Police and provides information on what to do if you see sexual harassment on trains or at stations.
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The Railway Guardian app is a way to report crime to British Transport Police. British Transport Police are the national police force for trains, tubes and trams across England, Scotland and Wales.
How can I help if I see someone being sexually harassed?
On the train, we might hear someone persistently making sexual comments to another passenger or see them following them through the carriage when they’ve made it clear they don’t want to talk.
We might see someone standing too close on purpose, rubbing up against someone or trying to “upskirt” (take photos up someone’s clothing).
If you anything that makes you uncomfortable, you can help by being an active bystander.
Speak up. If you see anything that makes you feel uncomfortable, speak to a member of staff or police. Contact British Transport Police via the Railway Guardian app or by texting 61016. In an emergency, call 999.
Interrupt. You don't need to confront anyone or wait for a situation to escalate. As soon as you see something that makes you uncomfortable, you can help by doing something small and subtle to defuse the situation.
In many ways your presence is your greatest superpower. In some cases, if it is safe to do so, standing between a person causing harm and a victim might be enough to stop what is happening
Place something in the overhead racks
Get up to look at the station map
Take a walk down the carriage to stretch your legs
Speak to the victim, reassure them, and offer them a subtle way out of the situation. If you’re not sure what to say, how about:
Are you OK?
Would you like my seat?
If you feel able to speak to the person causing the problem, speak calmly to them.
You could say something unrelated like “What’s the next stop?” or “Is this the Littlehampton train?”. Anything that creates an interruption can help.
If you feel it’s safe, maybe say “Hey, this is getting a bit out of hand, they are clearly a bit scared”.
Find your friends – If you have seen the problem, others will have too. Often, in groups we don’t act because others aren’t doing anything. Be the first to act. Ask for help and don’t be surprised when others join you.
Your safety is important. Do not do anything that puts you at risk. If in doubt, you can help by reporting to British Transport Police.
In an emergency, call 999.
What if I am sexually harassed?
We know that sexual harassment in public places can have a real impact on those who experience it and can affect how safe and confident you feel. British Transport Police is committed to making sure victims and survivors of sexual harassment receive a consistent and supportive service regardless of where they are in the country or when they report what has happened to them.
It takes courage to report sexual harassment and anything that has made you feel uncomfortable is worth reporting. We will always take you seriously.