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8 July 2022 | Podcasts | Article by Alan Collins

TfL’s “Intrusive Staring” Poster: HJ Talks About Abuse


TfL’s “Intrusive Staring” Poster: HJ Talks About AbuseTfL’s “Intrusive Staring” Poster: HJ Talks About AbuseTfL’s “Intrusive Staring” Poster: HJ Talks About Abuse

In this episode of HJ Talks about Abuse, Alan Collins, Danielle Vincent and Feleena Grosvenor discuss Transport for London’s (TFL) recent campaign to tackle sexual harassment. TFL have placed posters within tubes with titles of “common” sexual harassment methods with a clear warning that it will not be tolerated.

  1. Cat Calling – Making unsolicited remarks of a sexual nature about someone
  2. Exposing – Revealing intimate body parts
  3. Pressing – Rubbing against someone on purpose 
  4. Touching – Touchingsomeone inappropriately
  5. Staring – Intrusive staring of a sexual nature
  6. Upskirting – Taking photos under someone’s clothing

The new campaign posters are part of a national campaign to address sexual harassment. The campaign is over not only tubes, but buses, bus stops and trains – over the TfL’s network and the national rail network. There will also be magazine and newspaper advertising, editorial partnerships and other communications.

The idea behind the campaign is to help educate passengers about how to report incidents, encouraging them to do to various services.

Jacqueline Starr, Chief Executive of the Rail Delivery Group, said:

“Sexual harassment, in all of its forms, is unacceptable and has no place on public transport networks and in wider society. The rail industry is united with TfL in our shared aim to ensure that we have no unsafe spaces and to show perpetrators that they are not welcome on our routes and services.”

The campaign appears to go further than previous similar campaigns by being so public and is directed on reporting and warning those who commit those crimes. For example, the safety initiative ‘Ask for Angela’. This code-phrase indicates to staff that the person requires help with their situation and a trained member of staff will then look to support and assist them. This might be through reuniting them with a friend, seeing them to a taxi, or by calling venue security and/or the police. Venues that support the campaign have been given Welfare And Vulnerability Engagement training.

If you have experienced sexual harassment, or know someone who has, it is essential that you contact experienced legal representation to obtain legal advice. You can contact Alan Collins, or Danielle Vincent at [email protected], or [email protected]

Author bio

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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