Safe on the streets Copy
Safe on the streets focuses on people’s safety when out, be it walking home from school or on a night out. All too often young people, especially girls, experience harassment, abuse, or assault when all they are trying to do is get from A to B.
- Harassment – when somebody is behaving in a way that makes you feel distressed or intimidated
- Sexual assault – being deliberately touched by someone else, in a sexual manner, without your consent
- Stalking – repeated behaviours from another person towards you that are obsessive and unwanted, making you feel threatened
What do we plan to do about safety on the street?
- Raise awareness of ways for bystanders to help
- Work with partners
- Collaborating with our Police and Crime Commissioner, on her VAWG (violence against women and girls) taskforce
- Open up discussion around the topic to bring more awareness to the subject
- Signpost ways to get advice and help if you experience sexual assault/harassment etc
- Spread the message online using our hashtags #theywerejustwalking #myrighttosafety #walkwithconfidence
What can you do?
- Support our campaigns and join the discussion
- Report incidents
- Be aware when out and about
- Take part in surveys such as our BIG CONVERSATION and share your story on Everyone’s Invited
- Speak about the issue to your peers
- Look into what help your local area offers
- Street safe reporting form – a pilot service for anyone to anonymously share about public places where you have felt or feel unsafe, because of environmental issues, eg street lighting, abandoned buildings or vandalism and/or because of some behaviours, eg being followed or verbally abused
- Suzy Lamplugh Trust– provides guidance for safety on the street
- Fearless – provides an anonymous reporting service for under 18s to report crime
- Stalking helpline – a direct helpline with information for victims of stalking and what to do next
- Ask for ‘Angela’ – a code name used for those who feel unsafe indicated to staff in bars, pubs and clubs for discreet help
- Lifecentre – a charity offering support to people of all ages, genders and backgrounds who have had an unwanted sexual experience. Specialist counselling for under 18s
- Report to Hampshire Constabulary – share intelligence or report crime.
PLan UK – street harassment
Ask Ava – toolkits, posters and resources for educating on street safety
Keep your mates safe game– project designed by the North Yorkshire Youth Commission.
Gender based Violence Campaign #isthisok
Street Harassment (Plan UK) #Isayitsnotok
Street Harassment TED talk by Jess Leigh – it’s not ok
Why women feel unsafe on Britain’s streets? A Channel 4 News Segment
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