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How far have we really come in ending male violence against women?

Each woman killed is too many women lost to male violence.

9/23/2021 6:23:00 PM

How far have we really come in ending male violence against women? annamayb

Each woman killed is too many women lost to male violence.

Sabina Nessa was named on Tuesday as the woman murdered in Kidbrooke, South East London last week. Now that she’s been named, we have to keep saying her name. She’s Sabina Nessa, and her life was taken too soon.Sabina is no longer just another headline. She’s a local teacher, beloved by pupils and described by the headteacher as kind and dedicated. She’s a sister, daughter, cousin, cat-owner, friend. She is loved, she is missed, and she will always be. Although the murder barely made the headlines when her body was found, flowers had already started to be left by local women, below the police tape cordoning off Cator Park.

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A woman is killed in the UK every three days by a man. Each and every one of them, like Sabina, was loved, is missed, and should be remembered. Each woman killed is too many women lost tomale violence.Many of these tragedies take place behind closed doors. As the recent tragedy in Killamarsh shows, when Terri Harris and her children John Paul, 13, and Lacey, 11, and Lacey’s friend Connie, 11, were killed during a sleepover, most violence against women and children happens at home.

But while police try to reassure us by saying murder or abduction from a public place is rare, the string of women murdered when they were just walking home feels increasingly regular.The disappearance ofSarah Everardin our local neighbourhood in March was what prompted me and other women in Clapham Common to start Reclaim These Streets and organise a vigil. Her face was on every tree, post box and lamppost on my street, and I felt afraid and vulnerable. It was a constant reminder that there are certain streets that, as women, we avoid, places we don’t go after dark, steps we take to stay safe, and that even the places we think are safe to walk through or go to, the worst can happen. headtopics.com

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