In light of the Sarah Everard missing person’s case in South London, it has led to many women talking about their own safety and fear of walking alone at night. We have been reminded of the day-to-day things some of us do to avoid harassment by men.
According to a YouGov survey, 31% of women avoid being alone, avoid certain areas (28%) and avoid being out at certain times (21%) – with many being answered together – for example, not walking home alone after dark.
Whether we cross the road when we see a man behind us, wear clothes that covers us up or have headphones in our ears with no music on to avoid being spoken to, we do more to deter men’s behaviours in our daily life than we probably realise.
Women have been told to do everything possible to avoid being assaulted, which includes not walking alone at night. People have suggested that it is victimising women to change their behaviour, rather than dealing with the problem at hand – telling men to not harass women.
Some men have reached out over Twitter to ask for genuine advice to make women feel safer at night, with one user saying: “Don’t walk right behind women at night.”
Whilst it was fully appreciated for men to open up about safety for women, some argued that raising boys/men to call out misogynistic behaviour is where change starts.
“Call out your male counterparts on any misogyny you hear, and not to worry about what other friends might say when you do? Also, raise any sons you have to do the same.”
What are your thoughts on feeling safe at night?