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We know that sexual harassment can have a real impact on those who experience it or fear it. We know it can affect how safe and confident you feel.
We are working with our rail industry partners nationwide to make sure that you can travel safely and free from any kind of harassment. Most people using and working on the railways will not experience sexual harassment. But if you do, tell us so we can act.
It takes courage to report sexual harassment and anything that has made you feel uncomfortable is worth reporting. We will always take you seriously. No incident is considered small or trivial. Our officers are trained to deal with all sorts of cases.
We are 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.
We understand that if you experience unwanted sexual behaviour, you might want to forget about it and move on. However, reporting can help us stop it from happening again.
Tell us what happened, where and when. Include any details that might help us identify the person.
Including your exact location in your first message can help us get officers to you as quickly as possible.
You don’t have to include your name or any identifying details in your text.
Groped by slim-build, tall white man wearing a red tie on-board Northern line tube travelling Northbound between Oval and Kennington on Monday 19 February at 8:45 am.
You might wonder what counts as sexual harassment. See it or experience it, you can report any behaviour that makes you feel uncomfortable. For example, you can report it if someone:
touches or gropes you
rubs themselves against you
masturbates in front of you
sends you sexual images without your permission
takes photos of you
is watching explicit content in public
makes sexual comments, sounds or gestures
stares at you
You can also report witnessing any of the above behaviours. You don't have to prove that it was a criminal offence or an intentional act to report it: we will investigate that for you.
Our contact handlers monitor reports and calls 24/7, whether you report by text 61016, Railway Guardian, online or by calling 0800 40 50 40.
If necessary, we will alert nearby officers and send them to help you. In some cases, officers may meet the train at the next station. If this is the case, we might ask you specific questions to help with the initial police response. We may ask you to send an image of the person you are contacting us about.
In other cases, we will log your report and may contact you for more information later.
Giving a statement
After you’ve made a report, we may ask you to make a formal statement. You don’t have to, but it can help us catch the offender and prevent others from experiencing unwanted sexual behaviour.
You don’t have to go to a police station - we can visit you where you feel most comfortable. If you’re an adult, you don’t have to tell anyone - but you can bring someone with you if you like. If you’re under 18, you’ll need a guardian with you.
How we might try to find the offender
We will do everything in our power to bring the offender to justice.
We use your reports to make sure our officers are in the right place at the right time. We combat sexual offences by establishing patterns and using both plain clothes and uniformed police officers. For example, plain clothes officers patrol areas where we have received multiple reports.
If we arrest the offender
If we find and arrest the offender, we will investigate further and might ask you some more questions.
A decision will then be made about whether the person should be charged.
Going to court
Once someone has been charged, they will have to appear in court. If the offender pleads not guilty, there will be a hearing.
Whatever happens, we will support you through the criminal justice process.