British woman asked to report street sexual harassment to police

Women in England and Wales experience street and cyber flashes, skirt hemming, or other forms of harassment.

This comes as the UK Public Prosecutor’s Office (CPS) has released new prosecution guidance for offenses against public policy, including a ‘public sexual abuse related prosecution’ to clarify the law on potential offences. A specific chapter on suspicion” is included.

A number of specific crimes were highlighted by prosecutors, such as genital exposure intended to sound alarm or inflict pain. Taking pictures or videos under someone’s skirt Sending unsolicited sexual images to strangers in public places via data sharing services such as Bluetooth or Airdrop. or use threatening, abusive, or demeaning language or behavior to intentionally harass, warn, or cause distress.

CPS cited the report (pdf) was launched last year by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on UN Women (APPG). The survey included research suggesting that 71% of women in the UK had experienced sexual harassment and 95% did not report the experience.

Siobhan Blake, CPS National Director of Rape and Serious Sexual Offenses, said it was “disgusting” that nearly three-quarters of women were “exposed to this disgusting behavior” and that incidents were rarely reported. He said it was “equally worrisome” that it had not been done.

“The law makes it clear that if someone exposes themselves, tries to take inappropriate photos, or makes them feel threatened on the street, these are crimes and they should not be fired.” she said.

Meow of a cat

The studies included in the 2021 APPG report had a sample size of 1,089 women and included a wide range of experiences, including being threatened, coerced, or coerced into participating in sexual behavior. rice field. Called by cats, whistled by wolves, or stared at in ways that make them feel dangerous or offensive.

Asked whether the new guidance would lead to an increase in prosecutions of cat-calling cases, Siobine Egan, director of Louis Nenas Law, told the Epoch Times: CPS said, “Some of these will be easier for the crown, like skirt peeping and cyber flashing. [Prosecution Sevice] To prove more than the meow of a cat.

Egan also said that British police “do not really even have the resources to go after the sheer number of crimes committed against women as they are”, adding that the “potential tsunami” of incidents should people start. It questioned the police’s ability to deal with “cat meowing and other reports.”

CPS said in an email to the Epoch Times that “one-time incidents” such as cat meowing and wolf whistling “can be criminalized” because there are no “specific laws” that criminalize such behavior. low,” he said.

The Epoch Times has reached out to the National Police Commissioners’ Council for comment.

Lily Zhou


Lily Zhou is a freelance writer primarily covering British news for The Epoch Times.