Original article from Kent Live
Tesco has joined other supermarket giants in sending out an important message to all shoppers.
The supermarket has assured customers that its shops are 'safe spaces' where members of the public can take shelter if they ever feel unsafe.
The announcement comes after the tragic death of Sarah Everard.
Marks & Spencer and Asda have also issued similar messages to their customers.
It comes as a report found that 97 per cent of women have been harassed in public.
Tesco said on Instagram: "All our stores are safe places.
"So if you ever feel unsafe, please use our stores to wait for a taxi, a bus or a friend for as long as you need to.
"Our colleagues will be more than happy to help."
Asda issued a similar message and said: "Please know you can always take your time, wait inside or reach out to our colleagues should you be concerned for your safety."
It added: "Customers and colleagues, we will be there for you."
Marks & Spencer also joined the cause in offering up their shop floors as safe spaces.
The high street chain said on Instagram: "Our stores are safe spaces for everyone in the community.
"If you feel unsafe please come in and stay as long as you need to.
"Our colleagues are there to help anyone who needs it."
Campaign group UN Women UK found that among women aged 18-24, 97 per cent said they had been sexually harassed, while 80% of women of all ages said they had experienced sexual harassment in public spaces.
"This is a human rights crisis. It's just not enough for us to keep saying "this is too difficult a problem for us to solve’ – it needs addressing now," said Claire Barnett, executive director of UN Women UK.
"We are looking at a situation where younger women are constantly modifying their behaviour in an attempt to avoid being objectified or attacked, and older women are reporting serious concerns about personal safety if they ever leave the house in the dark – even during the daytime in winter."
On March 3 2021, marketing executive Sarah Everard disappeared while walking home from a friend's house in Clapham, South London.
Her case triggered a major missing person investigation, and, on March 9, a Metropolitan police officer from Deal was charged for her murder.
Everard's death triggered the Reclaim These Streets movement as members of the public campaigned to make the country's streets safer.