Sadiq Khan says ‘misogyny should be a crime’ in pledge to tackle violence against women

Sadiq Khan: Misogyny should be a hate crime

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Sadiq Khan argued more needed to be done to tackle violence against women in the UK. While speaking to the BBC, he called on misogyny to be considered a hate crime. He also questioned why the conviction rate for those who accuse someone of rape is at three percent.

The London mayor concluded there needed to be societal changes to tackle this problem.

He also claimed he support Metropolitan Police Chief Cressida Dick on her sentiments regarding the “epidemic” facing the country.

Mr Khan said: “Misogyny should be a hate crime.

“The harassment of women in a public place should be a criminal offence.

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“How is it right that only 3 percent of those who report a rape is the man found guilty?

“There has got a transformative effect across society.

“By the way, I support the Inspector when she says there is an epidemic in our society when it comes to violence against women and girls, that is why we need to have a whole society response.”

This comes after the sentencing of police officer Wayne Couzens for the murder and rape of Sarah Everard.

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Cressida Dick addressed the loss of faith in the police force following the sentencing. 

After the sentencing, Ms Dick spoke to the press and said: “There are no words that can fully express the fury and overwhelming sadness we all feel about what happened to Sarah. I am so sorry.”

She added: “This man has brought shame on the Met.

“Speaking frankly, as an organisation we have been rocked,”

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“I absolutely know that there are those who feel that trust in us is shaken.

“I recognise that for some people, a precious bond of trust has been damaged.”

“This hearing has revealed the brutality of this man’s crimes against Sarah.

“I am absolutely horrified, that this man used his position of trust to deceive and coerce Sarah, and I know you all are too.”

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