I have been following the disappearance of Sarah Everard on the news since last week. These things rarely end well but you always hope that the person will be found safe and well. It appears that is not the case yet again. Women just aren’t safe on the streets. It shouldn’t be the case but maybe we need to be saying never walk home alone, always take a taxi if you can’t find someone to walk home with you? Something more needs to be done but what? These situations are not rare and every single one of them destroy lives and families. I have three daughters in the mid to early 20s and constantly worry about their safety. The fact that this case would appear to involve a serving police officer isn’t going to help public confidence. You shouldn’t have to assume that you are going to be abducted on your way home from a night out, but maybe we need to tell people and to ensure that they take extra measures in order to get safely from A to B?
I read an article last night that suggested that it shouldn’t be a problem for women to walk home on there own and that men need to take more responsibility to make women feel safe, but what can we do? We know that there are a small percentage of men who are capable of rape and or murder but usually these people don’t become apparent until they are arrested. There was talk of crossing the road when passing a woman on the street so that she doesn’t feel threatened but surely that isn’t the problem, the problem is stopping them from being raped and murdered.