It is ‘all men’ who must now step up and speak out

Calling out unacceptable behaviour towards women is never easy but not impossible

Flowers and messages outside Leinster House in Dublin in memory of Ashling Murphy. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Flowers and messages outside Leinster House in Dublin in memory of Ashling Murphy. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The brutal, senseless murder of Ashling Murphy has ripped through our collective hearts and reminded the women of Ireland of the fear that too often attaches to our everyday choices. Although the culpability rests solely with the perpetrator of this horrendous crime, as a society we must reflect on our collective role in implicitly enabling the escalation of behaviour through failing to recognise and call out acts of harassment and violence that beset our everyday lives.

Whilst acts of assault, rape and murder are committed by the few, it is the scourge of everyday harassment and violence on our streets, in social settings and too often in our homes, that have been normalised to become part of the lived reality for so many women and girls.

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