Reclaim the Night 2021
Following two amazing Reclaim the Night marches in 2018 and 2019, and last year's successful online event, 2021 will see CARA produce a short film to highlight the daily measures women and girls take to try and keep themselves safe in a society that repeatedly lets us down.
Since the devastating rape and murder of Sarah Everard, there has been increased public scrutiny of male violence against women. However, repeatedly government measures to tackle male violence puts the onus on women and girls to keep themselves safe rather than address male behaviour and the systemic and societal misogyny that leads to these crimes.
Join us to call attention to the measures we have to take and the strategies we share amongst friends and families; often passing them down through generations.
We would love to hear your voice and share your experiences. There are several ways you could get involved;
- Take a photo of a placard, sign or banner expressing whatever YOU want to say. You can be holding the placard, or it can just be of your sign, or you may want to chalk your street.
- Make a short video sharing your experiences and the safety measures you take (do you hold your keys when walking home / walk in the middle of the road / tell someone where you’ve been/what time you will be home?) - this can be anonymous.
- What is your message to government? What change do you want to see? Tell us through a short video / photo.
You can email your photos/short videos to email@example.com or send them via WhatsApp to 07507 763861 by Friday 5th November. We welcome contributions in any language.
We will edit and share the final film on social media and our website on Thursday 25th November - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2021.
Please share this far and wide as we'd love to hear from as many women and girls as possible.
Finally, male violence against women is very common:
- 20% or 1 in 5 women age 16-59 has experienced some form of sexual violence since the age of 16 (Crime Survey England and Wales).
- In the year ending March 2020, there were 773,000 adults aged 16 to 74 years who were victims of sexual assault (including attempts), with almost four times as many female victims (618,000) as male victims (155,000) (Crime Survey England and Wales).
- So far in 2021 at least 112 UK women have been killed by men (or where a man is the principal suspect). (Counting Dead Women https://kareningalasmith.com/2021/02/08/2021/)
- 83% of rape survivors do not report what has happened to the police (Ministry of Justice).
- In 2019, only 1% of reported rapes resulted in a conviction. (Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit)
We stand together to say NO to sexual violence, domestic violence, street harassment, rape culture, victim blaming, and gender-based violence – on the street, in the home, and online.
All at CARA.
CARA (Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse) works with victims and survivors of sexual violence and child sexual abuse, providing independent, specialist support and promoting and representing their rights and needs.
Twitter: @CARAEssex / Facebook: @EssexCARA
Reclaim The Night 2020: https://caraessex.org.uk/news/reclaim-the-night-2020
Reclaim The Night 2018: https://caraessex.org.uk/news/photos-from-colchester-reclaim-the-night-2018