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Majority feel men are not doing enough to keep women and girls safe – poll


The research, conducted by YouGov, looked at the opinions of both men and women in relation to what would make women and girls safer in the UK. It concluded that a majority of both felt that men in general, as well as the police and government, are not doing enough to ensure their safety.

Following the killing of Sarah Everard in March, discussions on women’s safety have been at the forefront of society in the UK.

YouGov state that 76 percent of female respondents feel that men in general need to make more of an effort to keep them protected.

Most men agreed with this sentiment (63 percent), but a fifth of them feel that their gender, in general, is doing enough.

With only seven percent of women supporting this, the male respondents who felt they were doing enough to keep women and girls safe is almost three times more than that of women.

There were similar results when it came to the UK government, as 69 percent of women and 59 percent of men feel it is lacking in its attempts.

YouGov also examined how the respondents felt on the same issue in relation to the UK’s police force.

A total of 62 percent of women and 52 percent of men feel the police should be doing more to keep women and girls safe, meaning that the majority of both genders agree that men, the government and police need to do more to keep women safe.

Nearly a third (30 per cent) of men and 19 percent of women feel the police already do enough, with the remainder responding that they are unsure.

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Alongside the published study, Eir Nolsoe, a data journalist at YouGov, said: “The debate on women’s safety has encompassed everything from tongue in cheek suggestions to impose 6pm curfews on men to the government’s plans to increase the presence of undercover cops in nightclubs.”

The research also tried to gauge what people in the UK think would make a positive impact on women’s safety.

Ms Nolsoe added: “But women are most likely to say imposing tougher sentencing for sexual harassment, sexual assault and domestic violence would be effective at 89 percent, including 69 percent who say it would be “very effective”. While three quarters of men (76 percent) agree it would help, only around half (48 percent) believe it would very effective.

“Making the police take reports of sexual harassment more seriously is also regarded as likely to be effective among 88 percent of women and 79 percent of men. But there’s a big difference between how many men and women expect it to be very impactful at 61 percent vs 42 percent. The issue came under scrutiny after officers allegedly failed to help a woman after a man flashed her as she made her way home from the vigil for Sarah Everard.”

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Since the killing of Ms Everard, the government has announced efforts to make women safer in the UK.

According to gov.uk, these include increased funding totalling £45 million for local projects which aim to improve lighting and CCTV, as well as an increased commitment to work with Police and Crime Commissioners to target areas of concern for women and girls.

YouGov’s survey had a sample size of 3,414 adults in Britain and was conducted from March 18 to April 4 of this year.


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