A new London campaign is encouraging women to report sexual harassment on the London tube via text message or phone.
An effective and somewhat graphic YouTube video shows a woman being constantly harassed by the same man, including fondling and grinding.
The campaign by Transport for London urges the simple message: Report it stop it.
Transport for London says 90 percent of unwanted attention and harassment goes unreported on public transport. And the campaign uses a Tumblr page to describe what happens when a woman reports harassment – the key result being that the police will contact the woman within 24 hours. From the Tumblr page:
Help us stop the offenders
We have thousands of officers trained and able to deal with unwanted sexual behaviour. We use your information, as well as CCTV and witness accounts, to help us identify and stop those responsible. There is often a pattern to offenders’ behaviour, so your information could lead to an arrest when added to other reports. We can send uniformed or plain clothed police officers to locations with multiple reports to prevent offences before they happen. You might feel that the offence was too minor to report, but we take all incidents seriously.
London says both reports of harassments and arrests have increased 30 percent.
This is a campaign that both the CTA and Chicago Police should adapt.
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