WOMEN are taking a stand against sexual violence in Stroud following several recent incidents of rape and other offences in the town.
The first of these took place near Stroud Cemetery off Bisley Road in May – the second occurred recently near Sainsbury’s, Dudbridge.
Various lewd acts across the Stroud canal cycle path have also been reported in recent months.
Almost 200 people attended a meeting at Stroud Sub Rooms on Tuesday, August 9 where concerns were raised by attendees about women’s safety, misogyny in police and on social media.
Attendees called for urgent action to tackle misogyny and improve safety in Stroud.
The pressure group Enough’s Enough was formed by author and journalist Nikki Owen and legal expert Sydney-Anne McAllister in the wake of these attacks.
The pair are planning a peaceful protest at 11am on Saturday, September 17 outside the Lock Keeper’s Cafe in Wallbridge to empower women and raise awareness.
“Our aim in setting up Enough’s Enough is to end sexual violence against women and girls,” said Nikki.
“It’s something we really need to start talking about.
“These types of incidents are happening a lot in Stroud.
“We need men to come along to the protest and stand with us as well.
“This is not just a women’s issue but a human one.
“The protest aims to be peaceful – we need everyone to be seen and heard and stand together collectively.
“We want people if they can to wear black sports kit at the protest, although this isn’t compulsory.
“The black sports kit symbolises how we can’t even go for a run without assessing the threats posed to us.
“We have had enough of violence against women – we also want to shift the discussion away from only talking about what women can do to protect themselves.”
The pressure group Enough’s Enough aims to change the language used in the police, justice system and media, prevent assaults through education and address the justice system and push for clear consequences for assaults.
Volunteers are needed to help with organising this protest.
Those who are interested in volunteering can e-mail email@example.com or contact the group on their Facebook page – bit.ly/3pUUUYd