A counselor says she hopes a motion calling for an end to violence against women and girls will get more people talking about the issue.
Thalia Marrington brought forward the motion for today’s (November 30) Cornwall Council meeting which calls on Council to do more work to tackle the issue.
Cllr Marrington said she was inspired to enter politics after being frustrated by the reaction to Sarah Everard’s murder earlier this year.
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She said after getting “fed up with screaming on the radio” she decided to run for Cornwall Council.
And after being elected Councilor to Mousehole, Newlyn and St Buryan, she now wanted to shine a light on the issue of violence against women and girls.
The Liberal Democrat adviser said she was also keen to try to encourage more women to get involved in local politics.
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In the motion, Cllr Marrington said, “Too often the approach taken to tackling this problem is simply to expect women to change their behavior; for example, to carry alarms, flag down a bus and cover their drinks. With 21% of all recorded crimes related to domestic violence in Devon and Cornwall (compared to a national average of 15%) and an estimate that 2/3 of victims of domestic violence do not even report it, this means that a large and growing number of people are unsafe in their own homes and are not reporting it.
“There isn’t enough discussion that men change their behavior and choose NOT to rape / abuse / augment / kill. “
Speaking about the motion ahead of the meeting, she said: “My motion doesn’t ask for anything extraordinary, but I don’t want it to be just a token gesture.”
She said that while she recognized that the council and the Safer Cornwall Partnership were doing a lot to try to address issues of domestic violence and violence against women and girls, she felt more people should support this.
And she said there was a need for more education for children and youth on what is acceptable behavior.
She said: “We need more in schools to talk about what a healthy relationship is and what respectful behavior is. It’s not about demonizing men, it’s about accepting that we have a problem.
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Since filing her motion, Cllr Marrington said she had received “nice messages” from other advisers offering their support.
And the Lib Dem adviser said the shocking death of Bobbi-Anne McLeod in Plymouth made the motion even more relevant.
She said: “These incidents highlight the safety of women and girls, but it shouldn’t require something like this to happen for people to start talking about it.
“I hope the motion gets people to talk about it and go home and think about it a little bit more.”
The plenary meeting of the council will take place from 10:30 am Tuesday. It can be viewed online through the Cornwall Council website.
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