Women's safety while walking outside at night has been brought up this past week, and the latest story of assault is just another case of the justice system failing us...
A man who forced himself on a woman walking home from work has walked free...
After complaining he would lose his job if he went to jail.
And it has left women everywhere feeling sick...
Because the issue surrounding women's safety from men has been debated for many years now.
And this is just the latest in a long line of cases where women aren't given the justice they deserve.
Millions of women all around the world face abuse and sexual harassment every single day...
And the scary thing is that its been normalized by so many different cultures.
Did you know that in the United Kingdom, ninety-seven percent of young women have been sexually harassed by men at some point in their lives?
A survey released by UN Women UK has found that this percentage of females aged between eighteen - twenty-four have suffered sexual harassment, as women report losing faith in the ability of authorities to effectively deal with the abuse that they receive.
This is not okay...
And although the awareness surrounding domestic abuse and sexual harassment is now more prominent than ever, way too many women find themselves as victims of these horrendous crimes every single day.
Which brings us to our next story...
Takeaway worker Javed Miah, from the UK, ambushed a woman in the street, before tackling her to the ground and molesting her.
Miah only fled when a loud beeping went off after the woman used the SOS function on her mobile to call 999.
People have shared their outrage...
The victim later told police: "Since the assault, I have not been able to leave the house or work.
"I do not know if he knows my route to work. I am scared to walk anywhere. I will have to rely on my friends or family to drive me to work out of fear.''
Miah ran off down an alleyway before later being arrested...
Despite admitting to the sexual assault, he wasn't charged due to him stating he was ''the sole earner'' in his family.
His lawyer even claimed the attack was ''quite opportunistic.''
The incident occurred at 9pm on December 11 2018 when the woman was on her way home from work.
Prosecutor Peter Conroy said:
''She noticed there was a male walking behind her, and he bumped into her. Her right shoulder hurt and she lost her breath because of fear that she did not know what the defendant was going to do."
Conroy said Miah asked the woman what time it was, and she responded.
After that, he followed her for over a minute, after which, the defendant went up to her and groped her.
"She was shocked and frightened. She told him it was not right for him to do this. He had his arms around her chest and then the next thing she knew, she was on the floor on top of him. He lifted his right hand towards her crotch and started to move her hand up towards her chest.
"She said 'my mind froze, I was in total shock'. She managed to get out her mobile phone and use the SOS function to call 999. This let out a loud beeping sound and this forced him to instantly let go and run away down an alleyway. She had said nothing to him to warrant giving him any right of doing this.''
Miah gave no comment in a police interview. His lawyer Saul Comish said: ''This offense was quite opportunistic."
''He is in employment at a takeaway where he works from 4 to 11 pm. He is married and is a father to a 4-year-old child. If you feel a custodial sentence is required, he would lose his job and he the sole earner for his family, so this would have a significant impact."
Perhaps he should have thought about that before attacking her.
"This incident was entirely out of character. He has a low risk of re-offending," Comish concluded.
Miah was sentenced to just 6 months in prison, suspended for 2 years, and will have to complete 250 hours of unpaid work.
He was also ordered to pay £213 ($300) in costs and sign the Sex Offender Register for 7 years.
Sentencing JP David Quarnby said: "This was a cowardly and sustained attack on a young woman late at night.''
We agree. More needs to be done for women to feel safe on the streets. Including charging men for their crimes despite their circumstances.
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