Cllr Natasha Harpley on the safety fears of women in Norfolk
Cllr Natasha Harpley on the safety fears of women in Norfolk
In light of the tragic murder of Sarah Everard, Cllr Natasha Harpley, Leader of the Labour Group at Broadland District Council and Norwich Labour Vice President, has spoken of the safety fears of women in Norfolk.

“About 18 months ago I was walking down a deserted street at night near where I live. I didn’t want to have to pay for a taxi so thought that on this one occasion walking would be fine.

This big unit of a man came stealthily running up behind me to the point where I could feel the air around him as he passed me. It was horrible, and I screamed. This man hadn’t done anything wrong, but if he’d had any sense he would have given me a wide berth, or crossed to the other side of the road.

Some of it is just a general lack of self-awareness which tells women their personal spaces aren’t always totally secure. We’re not saying “all men” are guilty. Of course they aren’t. But many men do not have the understanding of the culture of fear women live in, and many do not do enough to call it out when with their peers.”

Read Cllr Harpley’s comment in full: EDP – ‘This isn’t just a London problem, we feel scared even in Norwich”

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