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Consultation document and impact assessment for the targeted consultation on whether a specific offence of public sexual harassment should be created.

This consultation closes at: 11:59pm on 1 September 2022

Consultation description – Ministers undertook that by Parliament’s 2022 summer recess the government would launch a consultation on whether a specific offence for public sexual harassment (sexual harassment in public spaces) should be created.

This page contains the consultation document and associated impact assessment.

The consultation asks:

  • whether or not a specific criminal offence of public sexual harassment should be created
  • if such an offence were to be created, what it should look like
  • whether the government should take additional non-legislative actions to tackle public sexual harassment (either instead of or in addition to a new criminal offence)

The consultation is a targeted rather than a public one, and it has been sent to recipients in:

  • charities and organisations focused on crimes which disproportionately affect women and girls (including organisations focused on
  • male victims of those crimes)
  • victim-focused charities
  • children’s and schools sectors
  • organisations related to the world of work
  • policing
  • the legal sector
  • local government
  • night-time economy organisations
  • transport organisations
  • specialist academia

Other formats of the consultation document will be added to this page in due course.


Ways to respond:

Respond online


Email to: [email protected]

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