March aim to change views

Empower walk in Sheffield to highlight the problems faced by female students in the UK
Empower walk in Sheffield to highlight the problems faced by female students in the UK

A Sheffield Hallam University student organised a protest march around the city centre to challenge attitudes towards victims of rape and sexual assault.

Laurel Morgan said she was ‘sick of feeling like prey all the time’ and decided to take action ‘rather than complaining and doing nothing’.

Empower walk in Sheffield to highlight the problems faced by female students in the UK

Empower walk in Sheffield to highlight the problems faced by female students in the UK

The march, on Saturday, made a stop outside Town Hall where Labour Coun Nikki Bond made a speech.

The event coincided with the start of Freshers Week at Sheffield Hallam University.

Laurel, is her second year of studying fine art, said: “Sheffield has the third highest student population in the UK with thousands more joining in September.

“This means there will be a lot of highly vulnerable women on nights out.

“We shouldn’t have to live in fear about walking home on our own, getting a taxi on our own or wearing something too provocative.

“Since coming to uni, you really notice just how big an issue rape culture is. It’s taken as a joke and there’s a sense of humour that’s just out to shock people. It takes rape very lightly.”