by 8 Degrees of Latitude

It’s shocking that women so often aren’t safe – and worse, perhaps, that even when and where they are, they probably don’t FEEL safe.

British Asian Woman

Have you ever felt afraid to walk alone at night? I know I have. If I’m in a cab late at night coming home, I talk to my husband on my mobile so the cab driver knows there’s someone expecting me at home. I once even faked a conversation with him when I couldn’t get reception.

Why am I telling you this? Well yesterday it emerged that the late Ravi Shankar‘s daughter Anoushka Shankar was abused as a child by ‘a man (her) parents trusted implicitly’. In a heartfelt video that she posted on the One Billion Rising website  she talks about the abuse she suffered for years at the hands of this man. Interestingly, she also talks about feeling afraid to walk alone at night, worry over dressing in a way that will attract the ‘wrong type’ of attention and even anxiety when a strange man stops her in…

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