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Share the 'Signal for Help'

Cate Wood - Author First published: Last updated:

In the wake of Sarah Everard's tragic murder in March 2021 (BBC News, 2021), a heightened movement is surging, recognising vulnerability around safety on our streets alongside private thoughts of ‘that could have been me’ as we reflect on and relive our own unpleasant experiences or near misses. The World Health Organisation (2021) gave a stark reminder that around 736 million, or one in three, women globally report being subjected to physical or sexual violence in their lifetimes. 

Spector et al (2014) found that, worldwide, around a third of nurses were exposed to bullying and physical violence; a third reported injury, and about a quarter experienced sexual harassment, with two-thirds specifying non-physical violence.

Sadness makes me want to do something, anything, to generate some good out of this shocking situation. So, this is a gesture for ‘everyone’—not only young women but anyone completely powerless to remove themselves from a bad situation.


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