‘Take back the night’ march to be held in Shankill

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RES­I­DENTS of Shankill and Killiney plan to march be­tween their Dart sta­tions on Fri­day evening to ‘ Take Back the Night’.

Lo­cal woman Emily Lyons (23) has or­gan­ised the walk in re­sponse to a num­ber of as­saults which oc­curred in the area over the past year.

‘It is un­ac­cept­able that peo­ple have been at­tacked and that, as a fur­ther re­sult of these at­tacks, peo­ple are al­ter­ing their daily rou­tines,’ said Emily.

She said that peo­ple are avoid­ing ex­er­cis­ing, walk­ing to the shops at night, walk­ing home from work or school, and they are gen­er­ally fear­ing for their safety in the com­mu­nity.

‘ The walk in­tends to bring the com­mu­nity to­gether to stand in sol­i­dar­ity with the peo­ple who have been af­fected by these at­tacks and to re­claim a space in which com­mu­nity mem­bers should feel safe,’ said Emily.

‘More­over, this walk stands in sol­i­dar­ity with ev­ery­one who has ever been af­fected by sex­ual vi­o­lence, as more often than not, in­di­vid­u­als are sex­u­ally as­saulted by some­one known to them, in a con­text in which they feel safe.’

The gar­daí have been no­ti­fied about the event.

The march fol­lows an at­tack on a woman in her 40s at the Bayview es­tate on the evening of Fri­day, Jan­uary 30. She fought off her at­tacker and suf­fered mi­nor in­juries.

At the end of De­cem­ber 2015 and dur­ing Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary 2016, there were four at­tacks in the area.

It is un­der­stood that in this in­stance, a man who was around six feet tall made his es­cape up Killiney Hill Road.

Shankill Garda Sta­tion can be con­tacted on (01) 6665900 or call the Garda Con­fi­den­tial Line on 1800 666 111.

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