Recently, more and more women have been sharing their own methods on how to stay safe in public. But one particular video has the internet feeling shocked and scared...
It's the horrifying reality of being a woman ...
Because the issue surrounding women's safety from men has been debated for many years.
It's always the same narrative and outcome that millions of women all around the world face every single day...
And the scary thing is that its been normalized by so many different cultures.
Did you know that in the United Kingdom, ninety-seven percent of young women have been sexually harassed by men at some point in their lives?
A survey released by UN Women UK has found that this percentage of females aged between eighteen and twenty-four have suffered sexual harassment, as women report losing faith in the ability of authorities to effectively deal with the abuse that they receive.
This is not okay...
Even after all these years if I am out late at night on an isolated street & I hear a man’s footsteps behind me I automatically cross the road. It is the habit of a lifetime to try & keep safe. But it should not have to be like this #SarahEverard— Diane Abbott MP (@HackneyAbbott) March 11, 2021
And although the awareness surrounding domestic abuse and sexual harassment is now more prominent than ever, way too many women find themselves as victims of these horrendous crimes every single day.
The story of Sarah Everard is a tragic example of this.
Sarah, who is from London, went missing on March 3rd after walking home at night from a friend's house and just a week later human remains were found in Kent that have since been confirmed to belong to Sarah.
A serving Metropolitan Police officer has been arrested and charged on suspicion of her kidnap and murder...
And, quite predictably, people have been reeling over the fact that a member of the police force may be involved with this horrific crime - especially due to the fact that the officer is believed to have had no connection with Sarah in the past.
It has also been reported that the forty-six-year-old had previously exposed himself to a woman in a public area 3 days prior to Sarah's murder.
Which just shows how pernicious the issue is...
It just goes to show how you really can't trust anyone...
Even those that are sworn in to protect the public.
However, while raising awareness on the issue, women have run into several problems.
And yes, most of them include men who are standing against them in their fight for equality.
Women understand that it's "not all men."
The stats say so, but how do you spot which man is an abuser and which is not? In a line-up of men, who are the biggest perpetrators for these kinds of crimes, could you pick out the ones that have committed heinous acts against other women? Nope, you can't and that's exactly why it's hard to differentiate between them so women stay wary of the vast majority in order to protect themselves from the possibility.
"But it happens to men too..." Yes, we know. But yet again, the statistics show that men commit more acts of violence against other men.
So it just begs the question: Why are you not helping women get to the root of this problem if there's a possibility of it happening to you too? Is it too hard to criticize one's own gender? Internalized misogyny is one of society's worst traits and it really shows during these types of discussions.
But we all have to stay focused and thankfully now, a lot of us are.
People are using their platforms to speak out against this type of violence, with a lot of them even having to resort to ulterior scenarios to explain it to the men that still don't understand.
But in light of this movement...
Another frightening video has taken the internet by storm.
It all started when a female hiker from Glenbrook, NSW, shared her story on Facebook.
"Just wanted to post a warning for anyone going bush walking alone."
"Today I went to Knapsack stairs with my partner and on our return to my car there was a ribbon attached to the driver's side handle."
"I've seen online that people do this to distract you when you're going to the car so you take time to see it and untie it."
"There was a guy near my car at the time and when he saw my partner he walked away."
"This is a serious matter and everyone should be aware of it."
"If you see a ribbon of any kind on your door handle, avoid the car and seek help."
Next, a woman shared a TikTok that was just as scary.
She spots the same horrifying tactic in a parking lot ...
Stay safe out there!
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