250 people joined a march on Friday 29th November in Exeter to "take back the streets".
The Reclaim the Night March was organised by Devon Rape Crisis Service using a grant made by Fawcett Devon. The purpose was to draw attention to the lack of safety for women and girls on our city's streets. The protesters sent out a loud and raucous message that the level of sexual harassment and violence experienced by women is not acceptable.
Following a dance of solidarity, the 250 strong march followed a route around the city centre, passing many licenced premises where women are particularly vulnerable to unwanted and offensive attention. But even away from the pubs and clubs, women feel vulnerable and these marchers were clear that women will not put up with behaviour which makes them fearful of being out at night. The marchers came from Devon Rape Crisis and Fawcett Devon, from the Exeter Women's Labour Group, from the University Gender Equality Group and also individual men and women who care about these issues deeply.
Thank you to everyone who attended, it was a fantastic evening.