‘Rampant misogyny’ prevails in UK with ‘scale’ of abuse women suffer ‘minimised’, politicians warn


“Rampant misogyny” prevails in the UK with the political sphere “minimising” the “scale” of abuse which takes place against women, politicians have warned.

A letter to Boris Johnson, signed by 53 cross-party MPs and lords, has urged the PM to use the alleged murder of Sarah Everard as a “watershed moment” to tackle violence against women and girls.

The letter, seen by The Independent, comes after senior politicians and campaigners condemned the Met Police over their aggressive response to a vigil to Ms Everard on Saturday night.

Dame Cressida Dick, the Met commissioner, has rebuffed calls to step down and the Met Police has insisted it acted to protect public health after officers were seen grabbing women standing on Clapham Common’s bandstand before taking them away while others at the vigil screamed and cried out.

Meanwhile, people have taken to the streets with arrests made after protesters marched through central London to call out the heavy-handed policing, mourn Ms Everard and condemn violence against women.


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