Attacks on women impact sense of safety

Feeling unsafe walking alone at night seems unfair, woman writes

In light of the recent assaults on young women in the Greater Victoria area I am writing to express my concern.

The sexual assault on March 3 of a Langford woman and the assault and attempted robbery on March 13 of a woman in Colwood are alarming. As a young woman my initial reaction is fear. I have often feared for my own safety when walking alone at night and I feel that this is unfair.

These violent assaults of women in my neighbourhood and city make me angry. We should be able to walk around whenever and wherever we like at any time of day. We deserve to feel safe.

This is an important issue to the criminal justice system because assault is a common offence that often goes unreported. Victims of assault suffer great mental distress consequently changing their lives forever.

My thoughts and concerns go out to the victims and their families.

Alissa Jackson

Oak Bay

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