On March 3, 2021, at approximately 21:30, the 33-year-old female marketing professional left a friend’s home and walked along a route in south London, sadly never returning, as we now know. A tense conversation about the endemic of harassment, abuse, and violence against women in the UK is ongoing as police and media search several locations in Kent for evidence, and a Met police policeman has been accused of her kidnap and murder. While this is not a new issue by any means, the horrible circumstances surrounding Sarah Everard’s abduction have revived the debate, emphasising the need for the UK government to adopt reforms.
According to a YouGov survey of over 1,000 women conducted by UN Women UK, the majority of the UK and US’s female population has experienced sexual harassment in public spaces (which can be largely be understood as unwanted or offensive sexual attention or remarks). In this poll, nearly 70% of female respondents said they had experienced sexual harassment in public, while only 3% said they had never encountered such behaviour. Many women and girls do not report sexual harassment in public areas because they fear that they will not be believed or that nothing will be done.
While this data is limited in scope, violence against women (which might follow sexual harassment in public spaces if the situation worsens) is a worldwide problem. According to estimates from a recent research from the World Health Organization (WHO), one in every three women in the world has encountered physical or sexual violence at some point in their lives, with roughly 736 million women aged 15 and older having experienced one or both forms.
While much of the talk about street safety focuses on women and girls, these areas must be safer for everyone, as there are other groups that are more likely to be victims of hate crimes in public settings. According to a recent Stonewall study, 1 in 5 LGBT respondents reported experiencing a hate crime or incident in the last 12 months because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity, while 2 in 5 transgender respondents reported experiencing a hate crime or incident because of their gender identity. However, the true number of homophobic or transphobic hate crimes in public spaces in many states is is unknown, as not all incidents are reported.
If you’re worried about your safety in public places, or if you want to advise someone else, you might want to take additional steps with a practical solution to help you feel safer. Continue reading to learn how to set up emergency shortcuts on your phone, which can be used to notify authorities if you’re in a perilous scenario.
Using the Emergency SOS feature on your iPhone repair, you can share your current location with the police or emergency services in real time. You can use this function to send a text message to an emergency service that includes your position and real-time tracking of your movements.
Keep the side button pressed and one of the volume buttons pressed until the Emergency SOS slider appears. To contact emergency services, drag the Emergency SOS slider. Instead of dragging the slider, you can start a countdown and hear an alert if you continue to hold down the side and volume buttons. If you keep the buttons pressed until the countdown is complete, your iPhone will automatically dial 911.
In the previous models, you had to 5 times quickly hit the side button This will bring up the emergency slider. To contact the emergency services, drag the emergency slider. If you phone 911 by accident, you can get a refund.
If you’re in an emergency, you may easily notify a contact using this tool. When it’s turned on, you can press the lock button three times to send an automatic message that says “SOS” and includes a link to your current location’s coordinates. You can also include a photo and/or an audio recording with the message to provide more information about what’s going on.
- Select Advanced Features from the Settings menu.
- Next, go to Send SOS Messages and make sure it’s turned on.
- To set up the contact person, agree to the Terms and Conditions.
- Choose a contact from your address book or make a new one. After that, you’ll need to include their phone number so that you can reach them.
If you have an Android phone that isn’t a Samsung, go into Settings and manually search for “SOS” or “Emergency” to learn how to enable one or more of your phone’s emergency functions. An example of this on a OnePlus Nord can be found below.
On the OnePlus Nord, there was an emergency rescue.
While we can give each other advice on how to stay safe in public places, the criminals should always bear the brunt of the blame, not the victims. We wouldn’t need to provide this information in an ideal world, but realistically, more progress is needed for women and girls to feel completely safe. We still examine victims’ dress choices, routes taken, why they were travelling at a given time, why they were alone in the media and in our personal interactions, and we even question the validity of an allegation if the person making the claim isn’t conventionally attractive. Women and girls will need to be watchful and continue to push for change until we as a society place the blame fully on the shoulders of abusers and accept women’s testimonies seriously.