Khan and Patel clash over campaigns to protect women | Violence against women and girls

Tensions between the Mayor of London and the Home Office are set to rise as the two unveil what they claim are the UK’s first major campaigns to target perpetrators of sexual harassment and violence.

Football stars, other sports personalities, celebrities and influencers have been recruited by Sadiq Khan to speak to men via billboards and videos to tackle “pervasive misogynistic attitudes”, which he says experts, can allow harmful behavior to escalate.

Home Secretary Priti Patel promised a similar campaign targeting perpetrators more than seven months ago, prompting calls from campaigners for immediate action and then frustration that it failed to materialize.

The first installment of this campaign is set to launch this week with ads, billboards, social media and radio spots highlighting “simple acts anyone can take to challenge abusers”. .

Patel will also announce that addressing violence against women and girls will become a strategic police requirement. This means the issue will be a national priority for the armed forces alongside terrorism, serious and organized crime and child sexual abuse. Patel said: “The safety of women and girls is a top priority and I do not accept that violence against them is inevitable.”

Priti Patel has come under fire from women’s groups for delaying the launch of her campaign. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA

His comments come days before the first anniversary of Sarah Everard’s abduction by a Metropolitan Police officer as she was returning home to south London.

The latest data reveals that over 20% of UK women say they have been sexually assaulted, with 14% aged 16-19 having experienced domestic violence. In 2020, 99% of adult offenders convicted or cautioned for sex offenses in London were male.

khan said: “This is not just a problem with the minority of violent men, but with men who are sexist, who behave inappropriately with women, who perpetuate a toxic form of masculinity or who are content to remain silent when women feel threatened or are threatened”. . Men must change.

Relations between Khan and Patel have been strained following the recent resignation of Cressida Dick after the Mayor of London told the Met Police chief he had lost faith in her, leaving the Home Secretary to claim that his intervention had “blinded” her.

Last night women’s groups hailed Khan’s decision to launch a separate campaign targeting men.

Suzanne Jacob, Executive Director of Safe Lives, said: “For a very long time, boys and men have been left out of the debate on violence against girls and women. We are so encouraged and excited to see that change.

Andrea Simon, Director of Coalition to End Violence Against Womensaid: “We welcome this important work to reframe the narratives around violence against women and girls, focusing where it belongs – on the perpetrators.

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