Women walking through Forest Recreation Ground.

A Nottinghamshire woman is the latest victim of an unprovoked attack, once again highlighting the need for urgent action around the safety of women.

The attack happened in Killisick Park in Arnold on 14th January 2022.

Police say the victim was struck on the back of her head, along with several strikes to her face leaving her with numerous facial injuries.

This attack came a few days after the murder of 23-year-old primary school teacher Ashling Murphy, who was attacked in broad daylight on the 12th January 2022 whilst going for a run besides a canal.

Thirty-one-year-old Jozef Puska man has been charged in connection with the murder and is currently remanded in custody.

In what is becoming a routine of sorts, social media was full of women sharing their experiences, using hashtags like #hernamewasashling #shewasjustoutforarun

Hundreds also turned out to vigils organised in Ashling Murphy’s name.

Vigils and the sharing of stories on social media also followed the brutal murder of Sarah Everard in March 2021.

Sarah was killed in Clapham Common by Met police officer Wayne Couzens.

Couzens was sentenced to life in prison following the murder.

Her death sent shockwaves across the country, with people saying that she was murdered simply for walking home.

Taking action

Lily Haslam, a student in Nottingham, says since the murder of Sarah Everard she has stopped exercising in public, and instead now goes to a gym in the city centre as it feels more secure.

Audio: Lily Haslam explains why she stopped exercising outside 

Ellie Severn is part of Nottingham Trent University’s Boxing Team, and says boxing has made her feel “mentally stronger and ready to deal with challenging situations that come from being female”.

“I feel a sense of secureness when walking the streets alone as I know I would be capable of defending myself if necessary,” she said.

Competing in boxing makes Ellie feel stronger and has strengthened her relationships with the men in the team.

“Training in a male-dominated environment has helped me create bonds with guys my age, who I feel I could depend on if I ever needed help”.

“More women feel confident to report incidents to the police and that a vast amount of men are appalled at such behaviours.”
Nottingham Women’s Centre

The No Place For Hate Report was set up in 2014 by Nottinghamshire citizens, created to change how misogyny was represented in police records.

Findings concluded that women of all ages had experienced unwanted sexual harassment. with.

No Place for Hate findings

Women actively altering their behaviours to avoid misogynistic hate.

Half of participants said they felt the incident would not be taken seriously if reported.

9 out of 10 respondents experienced or witnessed street harassment

In September 2020, the Law Commission listed misogyny as a hate crime as a way to protect women.

Nottingham Women’s Centre says since the reformation “more women feel confident to report incidents to the police and that a vast amount often are appalled at such behaviours”.

Many people don’t realise misogyny is a hate crime, which is thought to be why there a high numbers of underreporting.

End Violence Against Women has an ongoing petition to end the Policing Bill and Borders Bill, wanting the Human Rights Act to be protected.

They mention how “the Nationality and Borders Bill contain measures that will increase risks of violence against women and girls while reducing access to support and safety”.