"I've never experienced anything like that."
Bradford West MP Naz Shah has reported a man to police after he performed a sex act on himself in front of her while on a London bus.
The unidentified man masturbated in front of Shah as she arrived at her workplace in Whitehall at 10:50 am on April 2, 2019.
She hoped that the CCTV on board the bus would help identify the suspect.
It is an incident which is similar to other cases in the past which have taken place in various parts of the UK.
The Bradford MP spoke about the incident which left her shocked. She said:
“I was completely shocked and was feeling sick about it. He casually sat there.
“I didn’t know what to do with myself.
“I’ve never experienced anything like that.
“Women should be allowed to go about their business without this happening.”
Ms Shah said that the man “had his bits hanging out” and was performing the sexual act as she got off the bus.
She went to the bus driver to report what had happened, however, the man had already left the bus.
Ms Shah reported the incident to two police officers and said that the Metropolitan Police are investigating it.
She took to Twitter to share what happened to her. It attracted more than 170 likes and over 70 retweets.
Ms Shah explained that she was not going to Tweet about it until she came across a YouTube video which said that 90% of people do not report indecent sexual behaviour.
She felt that if she did not report it, it would only add to that statistic.
She advised others to report incidents:
“Still feeling sick after reporting indecent sexual behaviour to Met Police on Transport for London bus earlier!”
“Apparently over 90% goes unreported. Always report it to ensure it is stamped out. Text What, Where and When to 61016 or call 101.”
Shah also included the video highlight the issue of unreported sexual behaviour.
Still feeling sick after reporting indecent sexual behaviour to @metpoliceuk on @TfL bus earlier! Apparently over 90% goes unreported. Always report it to ensure it is stamped out. Text What, Where and When to 61016 or call 101 https://t.co/PMgZKJrsQC #StaySafe #SeeItReportIt
— Naz Shah MP (@NazShahBfd) April 2, 2019
Transport for London replied to Ms Shah to further emphasise on what people should do if an incident happens.
“Just to clarify for others, if an incident happens on a London bus, people should contact the Met Police. If it happens on a train, it should be reported to the BTP.”
Shah added: “It was really important for me to share the YouTube video.”
Although the incident was reported and the Met Police are investigating, the percentage of people who do not report these sorts of incidents is alarming.
Naz Shah’s Tweet explained her feelings, but it also provided others on ways to report indecent sexual behaviour.