The sad and alarming story of Sarah Everard continues to have an impact worldwide.
Everard never made it home on March 3. She was walking along well-lit London streets, and the 33-year-old even checked in with her boyfriend on the phone. Her remains were found 50 miles from where she was last seen alive. A police officer has been charged with her kidnapping and murder.
What happened to Everhard has hit home. Many women feel outrage, grief, and an increased sense of the feeling 'this could have been me.'
Protests and demonstrations have also spawned discussions about male violence, sexual harassment, street harassment, and women's safety.
Here's a look at some of the headlines from around the globe, and the impact her story is having.
What happened to Sarah Everard? The murder that triggered a global outpouring of grief and rage
What Sarah Everard’s Murder Illuminates—And Might Obscure. We must consider why this one case has attracted so much attention, to the exclusion of many others.
What Happened to Sarah Everard? The London Woman Whose Death Prompted a Safety Debate in the U.K.
'Victim blaming,' police accountability in Canada under question after Sarah Everard murder
Many gathered to oppose the passage of a new policing bill, which opponents say would give police too much power to restrict non-violent protests
Killing of Sarah Everard sparks outrage around the globe
WHAT CAN BE DONE?
There have been discussions in the UK and around the world about how streets can be made safer for women.
A petition has been set up in an effort to legalize the use and possession of pepper spray in the UK for self defense purposes.
Right now, the ownership, carry, and use of pepper spray by common citizens is banned in the UK. Carrying pepper spray in the UK carries the same legal penalties as carrying a gun.
Has the murder of Sarah Everard impacted the way you think about personal security and safety? Should pepper spray be legalized in the UK? What else should be done to help protect women?
Questions that are worth exploring on many levels.
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