Sheffield students to ‘reclaim the night’ in wake of Caroline Everest death

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Students at a Sheffield University are taking a stand against violence towards women following the tragic death of Caroline Everest and will march though the streets tonight.

Caroline was last seen by her friends at around 2.30am on Sunday November 22 at the Corporation nightclub on Milton Street and her body was found less than a mile away on Tuesday morning in the Porter Brook.

A man who was arrested on suspicion of raping Caroline has since been bailed.

Students from Sheffield University will hold a candlelit vigil and take to the streets for the annual Reclaim the Night march tonight.

The march will protest violence against women and aims to reclaim the right to feel safe on the streets. Reclaim the Night is open to everyone.

The march will start at Sheffield Cathedral at 6pm and finish at Sheffield University Students Union.

The Reclaim the Night March was first held in the late 1970s, when the city was gripped by fear of the Yorkshire Ripper.

The event is part of the union’s campaign to ‘Reclaim Your Campus’ throughout November.

Research conducted by National Union of Students in 2010 found that one in seven students were victims of sexual assault or violence.

Further research in 2014 found that a quarter of students had suffered unwelcome sexual advances.

Workshops and meetings will take place on themes including consent, lad culture, self-care, female genital mutilation, women in sports and human trafficking.

Women’s Officer Sharmin Jahan, who is leading the campaign said: “The aim is to raise awareness on gendered violence, to build relationships between the many students’ unions around the nation and to get the people of Sheffield together to end gendered violence.

“What is truly shocking is that 43 per cent of the women who had experienced sexual assault or abuse at university, did not report their ordeal, even to friends or family.

“We will be using the everyday sexism hashtag on twitter to encourage everyone to talk about their experiences and to raise awareness of the campaign.”

“We take this research very seriously and this campaign is one of the key ways to raise awareness and tackle these issues.”

“We want students to learn more about it and it is a great opportunity to work with the local community.”