The police and gender-based violence

At the start of this month, social media was flooded with images of Sarah Everard, a 33 year-old marketing executive who had disappeared walking home to Brixton from her friend’s house in Clapham.

Stills from a doorbell camera on Poynders Road and other CCTV showing her in a bright green coat, were shared across several different platforms as an overwhelming sense of fear took over many women across the UK. Subsequent developments of her disappearance were greeted with a new wave of shared trauma; stories of being harassed at night, followed, attacked, all seemed to enter the public arena once more.

Aiming to counteract the narrative that her disappearance and murder was Everard’s own fault because she was walking alone at night, women across the UK unlocked their own anger and despair; claiming that it is not the location or the clothing that matters, but the inherently misogynistic and violent world we live in.

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News of Sarah’s disappearance coincided with the release from a survey from UN Women UK, revealing that 97% of women aged 18-24 had experienced sexual harassment with 96% of that same demographic not reporting it because they felt it would not change anything.