According to a report by Free time, reports of sexual assault in London clubs, pubs, bars and concert halls peaked in six years in 2021. The alarming figure comes despite the fact that most clubs have been closed in very restricted conditions due to COVID-19[female[feminine protocols.
Between January 1 and October 31, 2021, the London Metropolitan Police received 207 allegations of sexual assault and 29 reports of rape at nightlife establishments. Since 2016, reports have steadily increased by about a fifth. It is not clear whether this represents an increase in assault cases or an increase in reporting.
According to the Office for National Statistics, a UK-based government organization responsible for releasing various figures, the year up to June 2021 saw the highest number of rape offenses on record.
Bryony benyon, the co-founder of Have a good evening, a public campaign to train site staff to respond appropriately to assaults, says the numbers represent a mix of reporting and prevalence. Speaking to Time Out, she said, “We’ve been on a hiatus from the nightlife for over a year, so people’s thresholds for what they’re willing to take may have changed. The sites have been under pressure to make sure the COVID-19 elements are in place, so they can cooperate more to actually report things. “
If you or someone you know has been sexually abused, resources for help are available at RAIN.