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15 December 2023 | Podcasts | Article by Alan Collins

Man jailed for raping a woman on the London Underground

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In this week’s podcast the Abuse Team discusses sexual assaults on public transport and do so in the wake of the widely reported case of the rape committed on London Underground in front of passengers.

Ryan Johnston, 37 has been jailed for raping a woman in a “brazen attack” on the London Underground in front of other passengers during a busy morning service.

He was sentenced at Inner London Crown Court on Friday to nine years in prison, with a further five on licence, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.

He was charged with rape, attempted rape and two counts of sexual assault, as well as outraging public decency in relation to another complainant.

In the podcast the team discuss how victims can feel powerless to act or to seek help, and the challenges other passengers may face if they feel they should intervene. The team also discuss their own experiences on travelling on public transport which enables them to have some insight and empathy to the issues faced by those who find themselves vulnerable.

The team also discuss what information is available and how help can be accessed if travelling and you find yourself in a vulnerable situation.

If you have any questions or concerns about sexual abuse, or would like to get in touch with a member of our team, do not hesitate to contact us today.

Author bio

Alan Collins


Alan Collins is one of the best known and most experienced solicitors in the field of child abuse litigation and has acted in many high profile cases, including the Jimmy Savile and Haut de la Garenne abuse scandals.  Alan has represented interested parties before public inquiries including the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, and IICSA (Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse).

Internationally, Alan works in Australia, South East Asia, Uganda, Kenya, and California representing clients in high profile sexual abuse cases. Alan also spoke at the Third Regional Workshop on Justice for Children in East Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok hosted by Unicef and HCCH (Hague Conference on Private International Law).

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