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.