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New campaign renews call for end to violence against women and girls in public places

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The Police and Crime Commissioner, Simon Foster, has today launched a campaign calling for an end to sexual abuse and harassment of women and girls exercising in public spaces.

Image shows a woman exercising in the street, with two men in the background

The video-led campaign, called ‘I’m Tired of This’, is being shared across the region to highlight the experiences of women who exercise in public, either on their own or within groups, and challenge the range of abusive behaviours they report.

Alongside the campaign, the PCC has shared the results of a West Midlands survey by YouGov. It found that 13% of female and 4% of male respondents said that they had personally experienced sexual abuse or violence, specifically whilst exercising in public spaces.

Younger generations were more likely to report having personally experienced or witnessed sexual abuse or violence, whilst exercising in public spaces (24% of 18-24 year olds and 29% of 25-34 year olds).

Of those who reported having seen or experienced sexual abuse or violence in these settings, 46% say it took place in public parks across the region. Other public spaces reported, included pavements (36%), on a road (26%), canals/towpaths (11%), on rural walking routes (11%) and on cycle paths (7%).

“ Violence against women and girls is completely unacceptable and it will not be tolerated. Yet we know abuse and harassment is a disgraceful reality for so many.

Women and girls should not have to avoid certain areas or change their own behaviour, through fear of being abused or harassed. It’s not acceptable and it will not be tolerated.

That’s why I am launching this campaign, as I believe it will contribute to deterring potential abusers and will enable more people to be held to account and brought to justice.

These crimes have a damaging and serious impact on victims and I want each and every single woman and girl to know I am on their side. My message to any actual or potential abuser is clear. Cut it out, pack it in and stop it. It is everyone’s responsibility to end any and all sexual abuse and harassment of women and girls exercising in public spaces. “

Simon Foster
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissione

The research saw 1,502 adults surveyed online between 21st April and 26th April.

The poll also explored who respondents thought was ‘the most’ responsible for ending violence against women and girls.

37% believed responsibility primarily lies with the Police, 19% with the UK Government, and 18% with individuals.

The younger demographics were more likely to put the onus on the Government, whereas older demographics placed greater emphasis on the Police.

Alongside the work on challenging and changing behaviours and having a proactive policing response to violence against women and girls, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner offers a wide range of support services to victims.



Note to editors

  • For more information on the campaign, contact
  • The I’m Tired Of This video can be downloaded from Please credit the Office of the West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner when using this.
  • The messages form part of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s wider Safer Streets campaign, which includes police operations to spot and deal with potential male perpetrators, tailored education for young men on respecting women and girls, and work with partners to make practical improvements based on direct feedback from women.
  • The ‘I’m Tired Of This’ campaign continues the work being done by the PCC to share vital messages across the region.
  • Previous campaigns have used digital billboards to share zero-tolerance messages in the run-up to Christmas in both 2021 and 2022, and the Here and Now campaign introduced videos and audio adverts to urge men to think about the places that they have can hold important conversations about violence against women and girls, and the role they can play in influencing their peers.

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