On Project Guardian

Public transport. This subject has been on my mind a lot of late. Partly because I’ve just renewed my Young Person’s Railcard for the last *sob* time (yes, you can do this on the day before your 26th birthday, hurrah!). And partly because I’ve just come back from an epic round trip to the Midlands to see my friends to celebrate said birthday.

But mostly because the British Transport Police has joined forces with the Everyday Sexism Project to tackle sexual offences on public transport in London.

Project Guardian is great news, and is already having an impact, with reports of a 26% rise in victims coming forward.

Why we need #ProjGuardian in Birmingham, please

Barring a massive trainfail, forced proximity to a crotch was never particularly an issue for me in Birmingham, as it is in London. For me it was the men who deliberately target you when you are alone, or unable to shout out to anyone, who were the problem.

It was the man who sidled up to me at a deserted bus stop in broad day light and tried (and maybe succeeded- I don’t know) to take a photo up my skirt. It was the man that sat next to me on an empty bus and wouldn’t let me out unless I ‘gave him a smile.’ Most frighteningly it was the group of men who surrounded my best friend in the (now-to-be-avoided-at-all-costs) underpass that links two of the main stations in the city centre and assaulted her.

If you are reading, BTP, this is why we need Project Guardian in Birmingham too please.