Salford women

Salford women are speaking out about how vulnerable they feel in the city following the death of marketing executive Sarah Everard.

Women of all ages across the area have taken to social media to highlight the challenges they face when trying to stay safe.

Inspired by the viral #ReclaimTheseStreets Twitter campaign, women from across Salford, as well as female students at the University of Salford, have shared their stories of inappropriate male behaviour in the wake of the death of Sarah Everard whose remains were found in Kent woodland after she disappeared on her way home in South London.

Lauren Whitehead, a journalism student, said: “I avoid walking home in the dark but also sometimes in the day, and I don’t feel like I should have to do that.”

Echoing her friend’s sentiment, fellow journalism student Anna Dugdale, added: “I carry my keys between my fingers in the night.”

As the government proposes increased funding for street lights and CCTV and plain clothes police officers patrolling pubs and clubs, women from Salford have used their virtual voices to illustrate the fear they live with.

If you or someone you know needs support with the issues mentioned in this article, contact Salford Women’s Centre.

article produced with Olivia Donnelly

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