Have you ever thought about how much energy goes into avoiding sexual violence? The work that goes into feeling safe goes largely unnoticed by the women doing it and by the wider world, and yet women and girls are the first to be blamed the inevitable times when it fails.
We need to change the story on rape prevention and ‘well-meaning’ safety advice, because this makes it harder for women and girls to speak out, and hides the amount of work they are already doing trying to decipher ‘the right amount of panic’. With real-life accounts of women’s experiences, and based on the author’s original research on the impact of sexual harassment in public, this book challenges victim-blaming and highlights the need to show women as capable, powerful and skilful in their everyday resistance to harassment and sexual violence.
"Finally a book which places sexual harassment at the centre of women's everyday safety work, required reading for all who care about violence against women and who want to ensure that time is really up." Liz Kelly, London Met University
“In a world where women face an epidemic of harassment, violence and abuse, Vera-Gray shatters the illusion that the victim is to blame for her own assault. Powerful, moving and insightful” Laura Bates, author of Everyday sexism
"By re-interpreting women’s daily safety strategies as successful forms of resistance, this book presents fresh ideas for sexual violence prevention." Holly Kearl, author of Stop Street Harassment: Making Public Places Safe and Welcoming for Women
“Eloquently debunks the myth that women should shoulder the responsibility for preventing the violence and harassment we face in the public spaces.” Frances O'Grady, TUC
Women, fear, and crime;
It’s all part of growing up;
The work of creating safety;
The right amount of panic;