Hundreds of thousands of women download safety apps after Sarah Everard’s death

Hundreds of thousands of women across the UK have downloaded safety apps on to their phones in the wake of Sarah Everard’s disappearance and death.

The case of Ms Everard, a 33-year-old marketing executive who went missing after leaving a friend’s flat in Clapham earlier in the month, has sparked a flood of women staging protests and sharing their personal experiences of men harassing and assaulting them in public spaces.

Hollie Guard, a personal safety app, has gained an average of 2,608 new users each day in the last month – a substantial increase from the average of 395 new users each day it had previously.

Klara Sudbury, a spokesperson for the app, told The Independent the total of new users signing up to the app in March was a record high.

Ms Sudbury said: “Sarah’s tragic murder has shone a light on the fears that many women experience in their daily lives.

“Many of us are fearful from a young age about the threat of men we do not know and also sadly about men we do know.

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