The following is from Sue Walsh, Founder of BOLD Women and is an important message for all females today.
While I love to think of myself as a Wonder Woman type Superhero, I know that as girls and women, we are generally physically weaker and shorter than our male counterparts, the type of violence and threat we face can be quite different to those of men. According to the Metropolitan Police, in my local area of Surrey/South West London, reported rape cases have tripled in some areas while every other crime has decreased over the past seven years.
Nearby Croydon town centre, which has one of the highest crime rates in London, the monthly rate of reported sexual offences has increased dramatically by 192%, while in leafy and affluent Richmond it has gone up by a startling 236%. Overall, the number of reported rapes in 2010/2011 was 693 in south west London, doubling to 1,385 in 2016/2017.
This heavily contrasts the rest of crime in south west London which has decreased on average by 7%, with significant decreases in burglary, criminal damage and drugs, while the number of reported rape cases climbs year on year.
Now more than ever we need to be aware of the danger signs and minimise the risk of attack. With further statistics showing that 50% of women will be subject to an attack or sexual assault in their lifetime, please don't wait until it's too late.
Contact details for Sue are below. Check them out for details to self defence classes for girls/teens/women. What have you got to lose?