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Pestering Women In The Street Could Become Criminal Offence

Pestering Women In The Street Could Become Criminal Offence

Pestering women in the street could become a criminal offence under new plans to outlaw sexual harassment in public

Pestering women in public could soon become a criminal offence with new laws being suggested to protect females against sexual harassment and violence.

Next week, the new government-commissioned review is set to take place to outlaw 'public sexual harassment', according to The Telegraph.

Although, it is believed that the calls for misogyny to be made a hate crime might be rejected.

A government source told the publication: “The Law Commission is not going to class misogyny as a hate crime because it would be ineffective and in some cases counterproductive.

“But it will call for a public sexual harassment offence which doesn’t currently exist. 

"It thinks this fits with other work the Government is doing on criminalising intimate image abuse and will be more productive and better in protecting women.”

The topic of the public safety of women has amplified in the last year due to the kidnapping and murder of Sarah Everard.


Wayne Couzens was handed a whole life sentence for the kidnap, rape and murder of Everard.

The 48-year-old was a serving PC with the Metropolitan Police when he abducted Everard as she walked home in Clapham, south London, on the evening of 3 March.

Couzens had clocked off from a 12-hour shift that morning, and went on to rape and strangle the 33-year-old marketing executive.


A week after she disappeared, Everard's body was found in a woodland stream in Ashford, Kent, just metres from land owned by Couzens.

He subsequently pleaded guilty to her kidnap, rape and murder via video-link from jail in July. 

His sentencing began at the Old Bailey (Wednesday 29 September) where Lord Justice Fulford handed down his sentence. 

The prosecution was able to show that in the lead up to 3 March, Couzens planned his offending and in the days afterwards, he attempted to conceal and cover up his crimes. 

Speaking outside the Old Bailey in July, Met Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said she was 'very sorry' for the loss, pain and suffering of the Everard family.

She said: "All of us in the Met are sickened, angered and devastated by this man's truly dreadful crimes. 

"Everyone in policing feels betrayed."

Everard's murder sparked a national outcry, with protests across the nation condemning male abuse and harassment of women under the hashtag #NotAllMenButAllWomen

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: UK News