Cat-calling could be made illegal in England and Wales under proposed government plans to clamp down on violence against women and girls.
Our Statement on the Government’s Violence against Women and Girls strategy.
This is a big first step in recognising the radical changes needed to address public sexual harassment.
Now, we fight on to ensure the necessary next steps are taken.. pic.twitter.com/JDUtWeXSav
— Our Streets Now (@OurStreetsNow) July 21, 2021
In a piece for The Times, Home Secretary Priti Patel wrote:
We will continue to look at gaps in existing law and how an offence for sexual harassment could address those.
I am committed to ensuring not only that the laws are there, but that they work in practice and women and girls are confident their concerns will be taken seriously.
It is important that the police enforce the law and give women the confidence that if they report an incident, it will be dealt with.
Anti-harassment organisation Our Streets Now has issued the following statement on the government’s response:
Two years ago, this form of harassment wasn’t even recognised as a form of VAWG. Now it’s a number one priority, acknowledged and addressed by multiple government departments, from the Home Office to the Department for Transport.