The disappearance and possible death of the 33-year-old Londoner on her way home has rekindled the voices of women in the United Kingdom who have shared hundreds of experiences of harassment and bullying by men on social media.
A young marketing executive, Sarah Everard, was visiting with some friends in Clapham, South London, and returning to her home in Brixton, about 50 minutes on foot, when she went missing at 9:30 pm on 3 March.
To join this uproar, an elite London police officer charged with protecting diplomatic delegations was arrested as a suspected killer and human remains were found, which are being analyzed.
The police officer is also suspected of acts of sexual performance.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “shocked” by Everard’s disappearance, as was the case in the rest of the country, where the case sparked a wave of reactions on social media from women identifying with the 33-year-old.
A YouGov poll for the United Nations Women’s UK revealed the magnitude of the problem: 80% of women of all ages say they have been harassed in public places, and 97% of women aged 18 to 24 say they have Has been sexually abused.
“it’s not your fault”
Claire Barnett, executive director of UN Women in the United Kingdom, called the situation a real “human rights crisis”.
He was quoted as saying by The Guardian newspaper, “To say that this problem is too difficult to solve is not enough. We need to solve it now.”
London Police Chief Cressida Dick said that “fortunately kidnapping a woman on our streets is very rare”.
“But I fully understand that despite this, the women of London and the general public – especially those who live in the area where Sarah went missing – are concerned,” she added on Wednesday, adding additional patrols in the area declare.
The debate sparked calls to stop blaming women and educate men instead.
“To all the women who send text messages to their friends saying that they are well at home, that they wear flat shoes at night, if they are able to run when they need to, they can Be ready to use the keys in your hands. This is not their fault.
“They tell us girls: ‘Don’t wear anything less’ (…), ‘Don’t be drunk, you’ll be very weak’ (…). When we start telling the boys. And the men have told the women. Not attacked? ”Asked British Labor MP Alex Davis-Jones on Twitter.