Jeremy Corbyn supports action to address street harassment of women


Labour leadership candidate calls for leadership over abuse and assaults

ABUSE AND INTIMIDATION of women and girls requires action from politicians, police and the public, according to Labour leadership hopeful Jeremy Corbyn MP.

Campaigners such as Everyday Sexism have brought attention to thousands of incidents of harassment and bullying, often from strangers towards women in public places.

Corbyn’s proposals include creating a cabinet role for women’s safety, a public awareness campaign and tighter regulations for licensed premises holders.

The campaign document also supports a consultation on women-only train carriages, following representations made to Corbyn that this would provide a safe space on public transport.

Corbyn said: “It is unacceptable that many women and girls adapt their daily lives in order to avoid being harassed on the street, public transport, and in other public places from the park to the supermarket. This could include taking longer routes to work, having self imposed curfews, or avoiding certain means of transport.”

The concept of woman-only train carriages has proved controversial, with Tory women’s minister Nicky Morgan criticising the idea as a form of segregation.

The British Transport Police recorded 1,399 sexual offences in 2014-15 in England, Scotland and Wales, an increase of 282 from 2013-14.

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