The tragic death of Sarah Everard has shone a light on society’s appalling treatment of women. It has exposed the anger and frustration at the structural misogyny that legitimises and allows male violence against women to proliferate. The fact of the matter is that this case has captured the public attention as sadly most women can relate to the fear and objectification that comes with simply walking the streets, and Sarah’s death has once again demonstrated the very real and immediate risk that we face on a daily basis.
Sexual assault, sexual harassment, violence towards women and the unprovoked degradation of women have become so normalised that it permeates all sections of society. Whilst unacceptable, it is hardly surprising that society treats us this way, given the relentless objectification and denigration of woman, including the fetishisation of rape culture.
Despite the Government’s protestations that there is much to be lauded when it comes to gender equality, the statistics speak for themselves. According to the World Economic Forum’s ‘Global Gender Gap Report 2020’, the United Kingdom ranks 112th worldwide for ‘Health and Survival’.1
Laura Jane Miller
Laura is a dedicated criminal practitioner who both prosecutes and defends at the highest level. She is regularly instructed in relation to complex and serious cases, including murder, serious violence, modern slavery, large scale drug conspiracies, fraud and sexual offending. Laura has extensive trial advocacy experience in cases involving vulnerable and child witnesses, complex medical and financial expert evidence, intricate legal arguments and novel points of law.
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