I have witnessed unwanted sexual behaviour

We all need to take responsibility and support each other. Our insights revealed that high levels of normalisation mean that people have come to expect and accept sexual harassment in public spaces. This needs to change. Our research showed that only 10% of women and 12% of men say they have witnessed sexual harassment as a bystander on trains. We need to make sure that we do not miss this because our thresholds of what is acceptable, what is ‘normal’, are set too high.

 

Most of us think it’s right to call someone out for this type of behaviour, and 72% of our passengers said they would intervene in some way if they saw sexual harassment happening on the railway. Calling it out does not mean anyone should feel they have to do something that they don’t feel comfortable or safe doing. Your safety is our priority. Supporting each other if we think something doesn’t look right could mean lots of different things, including:

•             Offering help to the person targeted and checking in to see if they are okay

•             Alerting a member of rail staff

•             Asking a fellow passenger for help

•             Reporting the incident to British Transport Police

•             Passing perpetrator information anonymously to independent charity CrimeStoppers.

You can find more information and tips about being an active bystander in different types of public settings below:

Stand Up: Let’s fights against street harassment (by L’Oreal Paris with Hollaback)

Could you be an active bystander? (by Good Night Out Campaign)