'No woman or girl should have to live in fear of going out' - GM Mayor Burnham makes statement on Sarah Everard

The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has issued a statement on Sarah Everard.

Thursday, 11th March 2021, 6:08 pm
Updated Thursday, 11th March 2021, 6:14 pm
Human remains have been found in a woodland in Kent in the search for missing Sarah Everard (Photo: Met Police)

Mr Burham's statement reads: "The Deputy Mayor and I, together with all our colleagues, want to say how horrified we are at what has happened to Sarah Everard. The pain her family must be going through is unimaginable and we send them our love.

“No woman or girl should have to live in fear of going out. No woman or girl should have to think about changing their normal route, whether or not to wear headphones, hold keys between their fingers, wear trainers in case they feel threatened and need to run or have to let family and friends know they got home safely.

“Women shouldn’t have to change their behaviour because of unacceptable behaviour by men. But women have been doing this all their lives because the threats and dangers to women and girls are still all too real and prevalent in our society.

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“As men, we need to take responsibility for this and consider what changes we all need to make to our behaviour so that all women in Greater Manchester are able to live their lives with freedom from fear, harassment, intimidation and violence. We all need to call out the unacceptable behaviour and misogyny that makes women the target for so much abuse and violence.

“We are committed to tackling the attitudes and behaviours that have led to where we are today and will shortly be consulting the public on a gender-based abuse strategy for Greater Manchester. This will be a comprehensive and radical strategy to change the story on violence towards women and girls in Greater Manchester and will be explicitly clear about the responsibility of all men to play their part in that.”

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