Asda, Tesco and M&S offer stores as safe spaces for shoppers after Sarah Everard's death
ASDA, Tesco and M&S have told shoppers that stores are a safe space following Sarah Everard's death.
Anyone who feels they are in danger can walk into the shops to seek safety and ask staff for help.
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The shops have posted messages on social media telling customers about the support following Ms Everard's tragic death.
It's raised concerns over women's safety and the dangers they face going about everyday life.
Asda said in a message on Instagram that everyone has the right to feel safe.
The supermarket posted: "Please know you can always take your time, wait inside or reach out to our colleagues should you be concerned for your safety."
It added: "Customers and colleagues, we will be there for you."
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Tesco also said on Instagram that all its stores are safe spaces.
The retailer said: "All our stores are safe spaces. So if you ever feel unsafe. please use our stores to wait for a taxi, a bus or a friend for as long as you need to."
"Our colleagues will be more than happy to help," Tesco added.
The post has gained nearly 50,000 likes
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Marks and Spencer published a similar post with a message about its support for shoppers' safety.
The high street chain said on Instagram: "Our stores are safe spaces for everyone in the community.
"If you feel unsafe please come in and stay as long as you need to.
"Our colleagues are there to help anyone who needs it."
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Shoppers have welcomed the supermarkets' safe space messages.
"This is brilliant, well done Tesco" said one and another "Well done M&S – creating safe spaces is vital".
Nearly all young women in the UK have been sexually harassed and have modified their behaviour to avoid being attacked, a recent study has found.
Among women aged 18 to 24, 97 per cent said they had been sexually harassed, while 80 per cent of women of all ages said they had experienced sexual harassment in public spaces.
Morrisons, Boots and Superdrug are among the shops which have provided safe spaces for victims of domestic abuse during the coronavirus pandemic.
A video is being shared online demonstrating a secret hand signal that shows if a victim of domestic violence is in need of urgent help.
Women both in and outside London took to social media to share their anger and upset for Ms Everard's family, after the 33-year-old disappeared while walking home.
Her family yesterday called for her murder to bring positive change in protecting women.
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