Teenage girl allegedly raped in train toilet during journey

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According to British Transport Police, the alleged assault took place on May 20 at around 2.30pm on a train travelling from Eltham to Dartford. A 19-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident but has since been released on bail pending further enquiries.

British Transport Police (BTP), who are investigating the case, have put out an appeal urging witnesses or anyone with information to come forward, reports MyLondon.

“A 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection and released on police bail pending further enquiries.

“Officers are keen to speak to any witnesses or anyone with information to assist their investigation.”

If you witnessed this incident, or have any information, please contact the British Transport Police by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 2200052185.

Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

What support is available for rape victims?

The NHS defines sexual assault as any sexual act that a person did not consent to, or is forced into against their will.

For anyone affected by sexual assault, rape or abuse, there are services available to help you 24-hours a day.

There are also Sexual assault referral centres (SARCs) which are located across the country and available for everyone, regardless of gender, age, the type of incident, or when it happened.

If you are thinking about reporting an assault to the police, the centre can arrange for you to speak to a specially-trained police officer who can explain the next steps.

To find out more information about the options available head to the NHS website here.

Alternatively, you can phone the NHS helpline on 111 or the Rape Crisis national freephone helpline on 0808 802 9999 (12 to 2.30pm and 7 to 9.30pm every day of the year).

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