The 33-year-old Sarah Everard was walking home from a friend’s house in Clapham, south London, at around 9:00pm on March 3, when she suddenly disappeared off the streets. The hashtag ‘Curfew For Men’ started trending in the UK following trending following the disappearance of the woman.
A Metropolitan police officer has since been arrested on suspicion of being connected with Sarah’s case on March 10, after human remains had been found in a woodland in Ashford, Kent. It has since been confirmed that the remains belong to Sarah.
Ever since Sarah disappeared, many people started questioning why she did not get a taxi home, and why she chose to walk by herself when it was dark. In fact, even police advise women in the area ‘not to go out alone. However, the reality is that Sarah’s disappearance has nothing to do with her actions, and everything to do with the person who made her disappear. Many Twitter users starting using the hashtag #CurfewForMen to hit back at the notion that women shouldn’t go out at night alone to protect themselves.
Girls walking alone at night aren’t the problem.
Girls walking with headphones in aren’t the problem.
Girls walking down dark streets aren’t the problem.
Girls in revealing clothes aren’t the problem.
— Beth Kerrigan (@BethanyKerrigan) March 11, 2021
#CurfewForMen seems like such an out there idea until you remember they literally had a curfew for women when the Yorkshire ripper was active, why not take away the problem rather than punishing the victims
— 🔪Pagaya🔪 (@zekkyougak) March 11, 2021
I see call for #CurfewForMen has sparked instant outrage. Thus proving the point. Where was this outrage over decades women have essentially been told to stay at home, don’t go out on your own because of male violence? Not a murmur. Accepted as reasonable. pic.twitter.com/qKoilZzfRO
— Child of Alba BOTH VOTES SNP 🏴💙 (@ChildOfAlba) March 11, 2021
Sarah’s family has since released a statement in which they appealed for information of her disappearance. They described her as ‘kind and thoughtful, caring and dependable’, and they asked anyone to come forward to help ‘solve this terrible crime’.