‘Reclaim the Night’ event held in Doncaster today

(l-r) Ellen McGovern, Sabine Sharp and Charlotte Sisman with their banners for the Reclaim the Night march by Sheffield University Student Union. Picture: Andrew Roe
(l-r) Ellen McGovern, Sabine Sharp and Charlotte Sisman with their banners for the Reclaim the Night march by Sheffield University Student Union. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Dozens of people are set to take part in a Doncaster ‘Reclaim the Night’ event, in a bid to raise awareness of the number of sexual assaults taking place across the borough.

The event will be held outside Clock Corner in the town centre from 6pm tonight, when those taking part will collect money for Women’s Aid and give out leaflets, detailing how prevalent sexual assaults are in Doncaster and across the country.

Organiser Louise Harrison said of the event: “I wanted to do it after a friend of mine, who is from Doncaster, told me about her daughter being sexually attacked as she walked home from her night shift.”

The 45-year-old added: “Statistics tells us that one in four women have been the victim of a sexual assault of some kind at some point in their lives.

“The Government spends £23billion on attending domestic and sexual violence incidents every year.

“We want to raise awareness of how common this is, and in doing so hopefully change things.

“We’re doing it to mark mark the United Nations International Day to End Violence Against Women.

“In some of the Reclaim The Night protests that have taken place in universities they have tried to install safe spaces and banned men from coming, but we wanted to make this one a little bit more inclusive so are doing it slightly differently.

“We want men to be involved as well and to campaign against sexual and domestic violence against women.”

Men, women and children are invited to attend the event tonight.

For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/Doncaster-Reclaim-The-Night