The predatory and premeditated developments we are learning about with the deaths of Sabina Messa and Sarah Everard are horrific.
We want to say to all women and survivors – please don’t minimise your response if you feel impacted by the details or online commentaries of both. Reach out and speak to someone, or to an organisation that can help you, like our friends at Nottinghamshire Sexual Violence Support Services.
Women should be able to walk the streets and live their lives without worrying about staying safe. We are fed up of seeing messages implying women shouldn’t put themselves at risk. Men should stop killing women. End of.
As a women’s organisation we see the constant effects that male violence at home or in public places has on women. How this violence permeates every aspect of a woman’s life and how hard they have to work to overcome it. We want to see a criminal justice system that protects women rather than endangering them, we want to see an end to victim blaming and we want an end to the male privilege and misogyny that makes every male attack on a woman possible.