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Now is the time to legalise pepper spray to protect women in the capital

Now is the time to legalise pepper spray to protect women in the capital

Breaking News, crime, Education, Gender, Law, London, News, UK news, Women
In the UK, it is illegal to carry pepper spray as a self-defense weapon. At Westminster World, we think this needs to change. Photo Credit: The Canterbury Hub Back in 2010, Theresa May MP, former Home Secretary said: “No woman should live in fear of violence.” However, eleven years later nothing seems to have changed. Violence against women has been an ongoing topic for many years within the United Kingdom, and in 2021, the issue grew more prominent. Recent statistics found that only 24 per cent of women feel safe walking alone after dark. It is predicted that 1 in 4 women will experience domestic abuse in this country, and 1 in 5 women will experience sexual assault during their lifetime. With the murders of Sarah Everard, Sabina Nessa and Bobbi-Ann McLeod it has made it
Sexual harassment reports are much higher than pre-Covid levels

Sexual harassment reports are much higher than pre-Covid levels

Breaking News, Explainers
Reports of sexual harassment on public transport in the UK have increased significantly this year comparing to 2019. As a response to that, TFL has launched a new campaign to tackle the issue and “emphasise zero tolerance approach to all forms of unwanted sexual behaviour and sexual harassment”. The behaviours such as cat calling, exposing, cyber-flashing, staring, etc. are highlighted in the campaign as examples of sexual harassment.   Between April and October 2021 British Transport Police received 421 reports of this kind of offences, while two years ago the figure was 259 over the same period. Credit: BBC News According to a YouGov survey from 2020, up to 90% of offences are still not being reported. Westminster World spoke to the Londoners to find out their opinion