As the daughter of a met police officer, we had many house rules to help my siblings and I stay safe when out and about. Nonetheless, unwanted behaviour started when I was 13. I’ve experienced catcalling, following, groping, flashing. These events are scary and unsettling, and stay with you.
Years volunteering at a community centre for people in crisis taught me that all women fear the streets at night. Safety is an issue affecting all women from all walks of life.
My career in childcare highlighted the importance of educating young girls and boys about issues like consent, gender bias and the importance of preventative actions.
However, it was the birth of my daughter two years ago that was my call to action. I didn’t want her growing up in this ‘normal’.
Following a series of family discussions, we founded WalkSafe.