The Abduction and Murder of Sarah Everard


Bianca Schnerre, Writer

On March 3, Sarah Everard, a 33 year old woman, was walking home to her apartment in Brixton from a friend’s house in the Clapham neighborhood of London at 9 pm. The walk from her friend’s place in Clapham to her apartment in Brixton would have taken her 50 minutes. She wore bright clothing, shoes she could run in, took a longer route that was well-lit and more populated, and spoke to her boyfriend on the phone. Everard took many precautions on her walk home that many women are advised to do to improve their safety, but that wasn’t enough and she didn’t make it home.

Everard was abducted from a busy south London street she was walking on, and she was later found dead more than 50 miles from the spot where she was last seen. On March 12, Wayne Couzens, a London Metropolitan Police officer was charged with Everard’s kidnapping and murder. A plea hearing for Couzens has been set for July 9, with a trial predicted to begin in October. 

The death of Sarah Everard has sparked talk about women’s safety, and many women have come forward to share their own experiences of harassment on streets or public transport. Protests in the UK are focused around women’s safety and the protestors are demanding more protection for women. 

The Month of March is Women’s History Month, a time where we should be focusing on celebrating women’s accomplishments, and instead many people are left mourning the tragic loss of Sarah Everard and questioning the things women are supposed to do to be “safe.”