Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

2,000 March for Reclaim the Night

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

2,000 March for Reclaim the Night

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MORE than 2,000 women took to the streets at night to stand up against sexual violence, street harassment and victim blaming. The annual Reclaim The Night march began at Owens Park in Fallowfield on Thursday.

Banners were held high into the air and chants directed by organisers with megaphones as the march travelled along Oxford Road to the University of Manchester Students' Union.

The event traces its roots back to 1977 when a protest was held in Leeds after women were told to stay indoors at night by police investigating the Yorkshire Ripper murders.

The unpopular curfew sparked the concept of victim blaming, as the women involved protested that men should be made to stay indoors.

The popularity of the Manchester march, also attended by men, is believed to have grown out of a spate of attacks on women in the Fallowfield area, which took place three or four years ago. …

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