Labour publishes 10 point plan to keep women and girls safe
Labour publishes 10 point plan to keep women and girls safe

The events of the last few weeks are a watershed moment in the treatment of women and girls and sexual violence and harassment is prevented, says Labour. And it has published its 10 point plan on keeping women and girls safe.

Northumberland Labour Group leader Susan Dungworth said: “We’re delighted that, nationally, Labour has wasted no time in setting out what it will do to keep women and girls safe. For me it starts with education of girls and boys and teaching all young people that it is never acceptable to abuse or disrespect each other. As well as education though, we need to deal with the situation here and now, such as new laws on harassment and making sure all rapists are brought to justice. We need to rid our local government of bullying, harassment and intimidation of women Councillors and employees like we’ve seen at County Hall, Northumberland Labour welcomes this 10 point plan wholeheartedly and will implement our own plan to tackle behaviours in Northumberland.”

Labour’s 10 Point Plan to Keep Women Safe

1.            Action to bring rapists to justice – rape convictions are at an all-time low with just 1.5% of people charged with rape are getting convicted, yet rape reports are up by 35%. We should fast track rape and serious sexual assault cases through the courts and CPS who have been left to wait years for their case to get to trial.

2.            New laws to stop harassment – as it stands creeps harassing women on the street are not breaking the law. That makes no sense and we need a new law now.

3.            Men who abduct, assault and murder women belong behind bars for life – let’s extend ‘Whole Life’ sentences for anyone found guilty of ‘abduction and sexual assault and murder of a stranger’.

4.            Proper support for victims of attacks – create a survivor support package, including a legal help for victims and better training for professionals to give people the help they need.

5.            Educate our young people – start a proper education campaign to make sure young boys and girls knows it is never acceptable to abuse or disrespect women- as well as the rules around sexual consent.

6.            Longer jail time for rapists and stalkers – some of the sentences handed out for these appalling crimes are a disgrace. Let’s make sure the time fits the crime.

7.            Treat domestic murders seriously – end the injustice that means someone can get a sentence of 10 years less for murdering their partner at home, than for murdering someone on the street.

8.            Count abuse of women cases – the abuse of women that drives these crimes is not even counted by the police, that needs to change and misogyny should be recognised as the hateful crime it is.

9.            Fair access to domestic abuse services – no victim turned away from services for domestic abuse because of their background. Helping get support to all those who need it and making sure we can do more to catch perpetrators.

10.          It’s not women’s fault–stop the message that women are to blame because of what they wear, when they are out or for not ‘keeping themselves safe’. Time for a proper strategy to catch and punish offenders, challenge behaviour and improve the freedom of all women.

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