Peo­ple of Shankill ‘Take Back the Night’ with a 5km march

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MORE THAN 150 peo­ple marched from Shankill Dart Sta­tion to Killiney last Fri­day evening, as part of a ‘ Take Back the Night’ march.

This was or­gan­ised by lo­cal woman Emily Lyon (23), in re­sponse to a series of sex at­tacks in the area, at least four since De­cem­ber 2015.

The group in­cluded Blath­niad Ní Cho­faigh of RTE, elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives and men, women and young peo­ple from the area. They cov­ered a 5km route on their march, which was to high­light the fact that peo­ple should be free to walk in their lo­cal area with­out in­jury.

Take Back the Night is an in­ter­na­tional ini­tia­tive in­tended as a protest against all forms of sex­ual and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

A team of vol­un­teer stew­ards helped Emily or­gan­ise and mon­i­tor the march. ‘It was a great suc­cess in its aim 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. More­over, this walk stands in sol­i­dar­ity with ev­ery­one who has ever been af­fected by sex­ual vi­o­lence,’ said Emily.

Fear and anx­i­ety in the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion had been caused by at­tacks in the area and peo­ple, es­pe­cially women and girls, had changed their daily rou­tines be­cause they did not feel safe walk­ing at night, she said.

‘ The walk was borne out of frus­tra­tion at hear­ing about the dif­fer­ent at­tacks. Peo­ple felt threat­ened,’ said Ms Lyon. The at­tacks in­clude the re­cent as­sault of a woman in her 40s near the Bayview es­tate. The woman fought off her at­tacker and he ran away. The man who was around six feet tall made his es­cape up Killiney Hill Road. Shankill Garda Sta­tion can be con­tacted at 01 6665900 or call the Garda Con­fi­den­tial Line on 1800 666111.

The march un­der way.

Or­gan­iser Emily Lyons.

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