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Police appeal for help after woman escapes man who tried to grab her in Crawley in broad daylight

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Police are appealing for help after a woman managed to escape after a man tried to grab her in Crawley.

The woman was jogging along Haslett Avenue on Monday evening (May 25th) when a man grabbed her.

He grabbed her around the waist which caused her to stop momentarily but she was able to duck away and ran off.

A member of the public witnessed the incident, raised the alarm and went to the woman’s aid.

The man is described as black, 5′ 8″ – 5′ 9″, wearing a hat and winter coat and carrying a black rucksack.

He was said to be shuffling on his heels as he walked.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information about the man is asked to report online or call 101 quoting serial 1470 of 25/05.

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Girls and women across Crawley asked for help to tackle violence and abuse

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The views of women and girls across Crawley are being sought to help shape Government strategy to tackle violence and abuse.

The Government is updating the Violence Against Women and Girls strategy and has launched a nationwide Call for Evidence in order to ensure that those who have lived experiences of abuse and violence, and the views of members of the public, are at the heart of plans to stop these harmful crimes. The Call to Evidence runs until 19th February 2021.

The Government has already taken a number of important steps in this area, including strengthening the law on crimes such as stalking, forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM), but there is more to do.

There have already been many responses, shining a sobering light on the prevalence of gender-based violence in our society. This information is also absolutely invaluable in shaping the most effective policy to fight the scourge of Violence Against Women and Girls.

Crawley MP Henry Smith is urging those who have experiences or views to come forward in the final few weeks of the Government’s Call for Evidence, and to take part in the anonymous survey.

This not only includes frontline professionals and academics, victims and survivors, but their families and friends and members of the public in Crawley who have been indirectly affected.

You can participate in the call for evidence by completing the public survey.

Henry said;

“I know it takes a lot of courage for those who have experienced violence and abuse to come forward, but this information is vital in tackling acts of gender-based violence.

“Our strategy needs to reflect the views and experiences of those who have been directly and indirectly affected, in order to stop these harmful and often hidden crimes happening in our society.

“Crimes that disproportionately affect women and girls range from rape and FGM to upskirting and online offences; they can have terrible effects on victims. We want to do all we can to tackle these appalling crimes, through a new strategy to tackle Violence Against Women and Girls.

“With one month to go until the Call for Evidence closes, let’s create a strategy to tackle crimes against women and girls in the 21st century.”

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