Women have been sharing their tips on social media on how to stay safe when walking home alone, including one important iPhone hack...
And it begs the question, what are men doing to make us feel safer?
Because the issue surrounding women's safety from men has been debated for many years now.
Millions of women all around the world face abuse and sexual harassment 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 - 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.
Human remains were found in Kent earlier yesterday and it has since been confirmed they belong to Sarah.
A serving Metropolitan Police officer has been arrested on suspicion of her kidnap and murder...
What happened to Sarah Everard has hit home hard for so many women because we make the calculations she did every day too. We take the longer, better-lit route, push the fear aside for the voice that says ‘don't be daft, you've every right to walk home alone at night and be safe’— Kate McCann (@KateEMcCann) March 10, 2021
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 just goes to show how you really can't trust anyone...
Any woman should be able to walk down the road, day or night, and expect to make it home alive. Sarah Everard did not make a ‘poor decision’. Her attacker did. There is no one else responsible but them #SarahEverard #StopVictimBlaming ❤️ pic.twitter.com/UHiQGKB4XO— Nicola Brown (@DrNikkiBrown) March 10, 2021
No matter what their profession may be.
Women have been rallying together online to share tips on how to stay safe when walking out in public or the streets alone...
And one of them is an emergency hack you can use on your iPhone...
And this is why it's necessary...
‘Women being told not to go out alone’. How about men have to go out in pairs in case one of them feels they might do a crime— Tessa Coates (@TessaCoates) March 10, 2021
Like so many women on here, I‘m thinking about Sarah Everard, her family and friends. That could have been any of us. There’s so much emphasis on teaching girls how “to be safe” as though that will protect us, when really we need a different conversation: how to end male violence— Rosamund Urwin (@RosamundUrwin) March 10, 2021
In response, women have been sharing their tips on how to stay safe...
In light of what happend to Sarah Everard & the issue surrounding women’s safety, here’s a thread of very simple things that men should do/ stop doing, to make women feel safer + legal products (UK) & apps/tips to improve their safety and protection:— 𝕏𝕙𝕞𝕝𝕖𝕪² (@Xhmley) March 12, 2021
Instagram user The India Edit posted the hack on her account after learning about the disappearance of Sarah Everard.
Many women have taken to social media to express their anger and concerns over women's safety, and she was keen to share her tips to keep other women safe.
All you have to do is search "Emergency SOS" on your iPhone which will take you into settings.
Then it directs you to press and hold the side button and either volume button. This will automatically make an emergency call from your device.
You can also set up the option of just pressing the side button to make it more discreet.
The emergency SOS will be activated when you press the side lock button rapidly 5 times.
This will set off a loud siren that counts down from 3 to 1, and you can turn the siren off if you need to.
When the countdown is over, emergency services will automatically be called and share your location.
You can also set up emergency contacts in your phone letting them know your location and that emergency services have been called.
After you have entered SOS mode, it will send updates of your location to your emergency contacts.
India added: "Please share as I feel this is a little known fact that could make us ALL feel safer."
Women all across social media have been sharing the hack in an effort to keep each other safe. Including the hack for android users...
On an Android phone, the settings are in the Safety app... pic.twitter.com/ERRgkc7cqy— Jayne Samuel-Walker💙🏴🇪🇺🏳️🌈#FBIW (@TCMuffin) March 11, 2021
It's sad that we as women even need to take these precautions.
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