12 UK Organisations Tackling Sexual Harassment and Abuse That You Can Support Now
In the UK, 97 percent of women have been sexually harassed. This startling statistic was confirmed just last week, through a recent study by UN Women UK. Essentially, it means that almost every single woman has been the subject of unwanted sexual advances in her lifetime, and the worst part is, it's still happening.
On 3 March 2021, a young woman named Sarah Everard was declared as missing. A few short days later, remains of her body were found near Clapham Common, and it was later confirmed that a serving Metropolitan police officer named Wayne Couzens was responsible for her death. Understandably, the news — along with UN Women UK's statistic — sparked a much wider conversation about women's safety and called into question the so-called protection of the UK police force that seemingly does little to make women feel safe.
While the first priority for our male counterparts is to start calling each other out for their wrongdoings, and to reevaluate how they treat women walking on the streets, the next thing to do is to look at and support the countless organisations that are actively calling for change: organisations like Southall Black Sisters, who've been campaigning for women's safety since 1979, and like Sisters Uncut, a direct-action group who oppose government cuts for domestic abuse victims.
Read through to take a look at all the organisations doing the work, and find out more about how you can support them.