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The killing of Sarah Everard sparks a larger conversation surrounding violence against women

Sarah Everard, a 33-year-old marketing assistant from the U.K., was murdered on her walk home from a friend's house in Clapham.

Members of the public hold up signs in Trafalgar Square during a protest against the The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill and criticising the actions of the police at last night's vigil on March 14, 2021 in London, England.

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Being a woman is incredible in numerous ways. It also comes with its own set of challenges. Among the many setbacks we face, is the constant fear of being sexually harassed or assaulted within our lifetime. It's a gnawing sense of alarm that resides in many of our minds, resulting in subtle micro-protections we've conditioned into our daily routines.

We occasionally glance over our shoulders on an evening walk home. We grip our keys a little tighter whenever we notice a member of the opposite sex walking too close behind us. We immediately call our partners or friends the moment we get home, just to let them know we're safe. All these acts of provision are subtle reminders of the fundamental risks women continue to face for not having been born a man.

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