Online ‘harassment map’ of Peterborough and Cambridgeshire created
A map showing where women and girls claim to have been harassed in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire has been created.
The map will allow females to pinpoint where they say they have suffered harassment with the information then passed onto the authorities in the hope that action will be taken, including new street lighting/CCTV and police patrols.
The online resource has been set up by a new Facebook group called: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough says no to Harassment of Women and Girls, which was created in the wake of Sarah Everard’s murder.
Labour’s Police and Crime Commissioner candidate for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Cllr Nicky Massey said: “The idea for mapping harassment of women and girls came about from the Sheffield group OUR BODIES OUR STREETS.
“The idea is to map where incidents have happened and we are also going back 10 years previously.
“In doing so we can see where the most of these incidents happen and then work on interventions in these areas from the group, such as posters in these spots, paper dolls, chalking etc to bring the issue to the front of people’s minds in order to try and change behaviour.
“The hotspots that we may find will also enable us to ask for better CCTV, lighting and other interventions local authorities can introduce. It will also be given to the police to inform them.
“Street harassment and sexual harassment happens to every girl and every woman. We know it’s not all men that do it, but it happens to all women and girls and the impact that has on women creates that fear.”