Published: Sat, March 13, 2021

Met Police officer charged with the murder of Sarah Everard

Met Police officer charged with the murder of Sarah Everard

Along similar lines, organizers throughout England and Scotland are planning a socially-distanced "Reclaim These Streets" vigil to take place on Saturday night.

"Our thoughts remain with her family and friends at this extremely hard time". "The problem isn't women, the problem is that women aren't safe on our streets", said Birley.

Birley said they are still working with police to figure out what protocols they would like to see for the vigil and the event has not been canceled yet.

"Every girl I know has been harassed or assaulted in some way".

The initial call for evidence was open for 10 weeks between December 10 and February 19, and an online survey forming part of this has received more than 15,000 responses from across the UK. "Let us pray every day and work every day to make sure that nobody's name ends up on this list again".

"We feel really angry that it's an expectation put on women that we need to change our behaviour to stay safe".

Labour Councillor Al Garthwaite was involved in starting the Reclaim the Night movement nearly 40 years ago. Further vigils have been planned in other towns and cities.

"This is extremely sad, hard and enraging as there were thousands of people across the country who were prepared to use this moment to show solidarity and demand safety for women & girls tomorrow night in a Covid-secure way".

The Home Office urged people to pay their respects to Ms Everard "safely" and "to continue to avoid mass gatherings", although earlier Boris Johnson had appeared to hand over the decision to police, saying: "It's an operational matter for the Met". Some have used the hashtag #NotAllMen to point out the relatively small proportion of violent attackers, prompting women to reply that it's still too many.


"This has got to stop".

"I understand this ruling will be a disappointment to those hoping to express their strength of feeling, but I ask women and allies across London to find a safe alternative way to express their views", said police Commander Catherine Roper.

McIvor and O'Connor-Pozo believe "more needs to be done to educate boys and men about consent, respecting women, and not treating us like sex objects".

Writing for the Telegraph, Julia Mulligan, police and crime commissioner for north Yorkshire, said she had not seen such "fear and anger" than since the dark days of the Yorkshire ripper, that she experienced as a young woman. Thousands have shared their stories of male harassment and violence. So the fear that women and girls might have, this has just reinforced how these things can happen.

News of the Everard investigation coincided with a House of Commons debate for International Women's Day, prompting numerous female members of Parliament to speak out about the threat of male violence on social media and in government chambers.

At the outset of Friday's hearing, the judge said: "All of us appreciate the tragic circumstances in which this case has had to be brought and I am sure we all respect the particular sensitivities involved". In Clapham, police told women not to go out at night this week.

"We remain in discussion with the organisers about this event in light of the current Covid regulations".

"We want everyone involved in this".

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