Railways: Sexual Offences

Department for Transport written question – answered on 27th November 2015.

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Photo of Angela Rayner Angela Rayner Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many sexual assaults on trains there have been in the last 12 months.

Photo of Claire Perry Claire Perry Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

In the period 1 November 2014 to 31 October 2015 there were a total of 754 reported sexual assaults on trains, and 3 reported rapes. It is likely that the levels reported are at least in part a result of various initiatives by the British Transport Police (BTP) to raise awareness and encourage more reporting of sexual offences, including various specific campaigns such as Project Guardian which encourages victims to report inappropriate sexual behaviour. Further detail on the range of actions being taken by the BTP to reduce sexual offences can be found at http://www.btp.police.uk/advice_and_info/how_we_tackle_crime/sexual_offences.aspx.

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