Two Female Students Create Hotline For Women To Call When Walking Alone at Night

Two Female Students Create Hotline For Women To Call When Walking Alone at Night

Following Sarah Everard’s case in March 2021, many people highlighted the issue that walking home alone at night is a life-threatening experience for women. Yes, this is no new news, and women have been sharing their fears on the subjects for ages now, but very little has been done about it. Women literally have to take things into their own hands and constantly glance over the shoulder, or walk with their keys between the fingers as a form or protection.

Well, Alice Jackson and Rachel Chung are two students from Edinburgh that had an idea on how to (potentially) solve this issue. To protect women in the UK and give them a sense of safety, they invented a hotline for women that are walking alone at night.

The two created Strut Safe, a volunteer organization where women can request a pair of volunteers to escort them home or at least stay on the phone with them while walking.

The website says that the volunteers have to be vetted and subject to a strict code of conduct. Thankfully, they already have more than 50 volunteers across the UK.

 

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Chung shared in an interview that Everard’s case inspired them to create change.

“The idea of ‘she was just walking home’ was, I think, a very prominent idea. So many of us don’t always feel safe when walking home so we basically decided that we wanted to put something structurally and tangible in place that anybody could call…We wanted to be the universal number for people to get in touch with if they feel unsafe walking home. The view we take is if we’re there on the phone with you, we’re there with you in live time so if something did happen we are going to be able to alert the authorities,” she added, likening it to “being a professional friend.”

So, what do the volunteers and callers talk about during the phone calls? Well, sometimes it’s just chit-chat or gossip, but some are really emotionally intense.

The goal is for the service to be available every night, and Strut Safe currently runs its services on Fridays and Saturdays between 7pm and 3am, and Sunday from 7mp to 1am.

 

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Source: Upworthy

 
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