Victim-blaming feeding young women’s fear of public spaces

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Nearly a third of young women and girls surveyed in a new report said they feel unsafe alone in public spaces at night.

It also found a number of them believed clothing choices made them partly responsible for harassment or aggressive behaviour in public.

Advocates though say victim-blaming needs to be cast aside and public spaces need to be made safe for everyone, regardless of gender.

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