In wake of the tragic murder of British woman Sarah Everard, women have taken to social media to showcase the myriad of ways they've been conditioned to stay safe when walking home alone.
Personal trainer Lucy Mountain posted a simple yet poignant image that every woman would undoubtedly recognise.
It was a text message reading: "Text me when you get home xx"
It's something that is ingrained in women from a young age, to the point where we often send it to one another without thinking twice.
That act highlights how subconsciously hyper-vigilant we've been forced to become in order to protect ourselves from predatory behaviour.
Explaining why she chose to use the universally-recognised message, Lucy said in the caption: "I don't even know how to word this because I feel like my words can't do justice to how many women are feeling right now.
"The deep sense of connection is one of fear. We have all shared our live locations. We have all changed our shoes. We have all held our keys between our fingers. We have all made phone calls, both real and fake.
"We have all tucked our hair inside our coats. We have all ran down dark roads. We have all theorised our escape routes."
She went on to say that she wished men understood that women are often fearful walking past groups of men and getting Ubers alone, adding: "Stop harassing women. Stop victim-blaming women. And stop burdening women with the weight of other men's actions."
Sarah disappeared on March 3, when she began walking the 50 minute trip from a friend's house at 9:30 pm in South London.
Despite doing everything 'right' - she wore bright-coloured clothing, left before midnight on a weeknight, spoke to her boyfriend on the phone while walking, and walked on a well-lit main road - Sarah never made it home.
Her body was discovered on March 12, several kilometres away from where she had been walking.
Since the horrific discovery, women across the world have now shared their own experiences and the various autopilot actions they take to make sure each other are safe.
"Text me when you get home safe" is something I say to women I know before we part ways, and I've never thought about it. When I'm actually saying is that I worry something awful might happen to them and I won't stop worrying until I know they're safe. It shouldn't be this way.
- Miriam Brett (@MiriamBrett) March 10, 2021
What's mental about the phrase #textmewhenyougethome that it became a habit, something girls/ woman just do when they go home alone late in the evening or night. pic.twitter.com/OSPHBqEZwd
- Jke :fire: (@Studj0__) March 14, 2021
Every time. Before texting it was the Chubb key in the hand as you pretended to be on the phone as you passed someone. Allowing the footsteps to overtake and then exhale once in the door. 6pm .
- Suzanne Rock (@realsuzierock) March 11, 2021
Do men realise women share their addresses - or the addresses of bars/parks/date locations - with each other on WhatsApp, to keep themselves safe? We set up calls with our friends, too. "If you haven't heard from me by 11pm, call me. If I don't answer, call the police."
- Victoria Richards (@nakedvix) March 10, 2021
Sky News political correspondent Kate McCann wrote that what happened to Sarah 'hit home hard' for many 'because we make the calculations she did every day too'.
"We take the longer, better-lit route, push the fear aside for the voice that says 'don't be daft, you've every right to walk home alone at night and be safe'," she wrote in a Tweet.
Another woman added that despite their best efforts in using such tactics, they have still been attacked.
She wrote: "I was 34 when my friend texted me #textmewhenyougethome after I've been to the theatre, but missed the last bus home a Wednesday night. I texted him 'I'm three blocks from home honey ;-) Goodnight'. A block later a guy tried to drag me in a car with two other guys. I got away.
Police officer Wayne Couzens has since been charged with the kidnap and murder of 33-year-old Sarah Everard.
Her death has seen women - and men - around the world take to the streets to protest the ongoing violence against women and girls as they unite in their palpable grief and anger, knowing that it truly could have been any one of them that never made it home.
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