The Minister for Women said she was “worried” when she went home at night.
Liz Truss, the Minister for Women and Equality, admitted she found it “worrying” to go home at night and called for broader change in society.
Speaking at a sideline to the Conservative Party convention following the Sarah Everard case, Ms. Truss denied claims that the criminal justice system was “institutionally misogynistic.”
“I wouldn’t use those words,” she told the Telegraph Chopper’s Politics podcast event.
“But what I would say is that as a woman I find it questionable to go home at night.
“I don’t like this concern. I think that as women we are generally more afraid of going out and that is fundamentally wrong.
“We have to change that in our society.”
The comments come after police officer Wayne Couzend was jailed for life this week for the kidnapping, rape, and murder of Sarah Everard.
When asked if she has ever been a victim of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior, Ms. Truss said, “I am in the fortunate position of being in a managerial position so I don’t think anyone would try it on this way, and if they do they would come very briefly.
“But I have sometimes seen how women are treated. I think it got better, I started my career in the mid 90s, I think we have seen improvements since then.
“But it is definitely that women are more afraid of going out at night, of going to remote areas, and that inevitably keeps people from enjoying life to the fullest. We have to address that. “
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “We are spending £ 25 million more today on CCTV, street lighting, 10,000 more cops already recruited as part of our 20,000, and we are increasing penalties for serious sexual offenses.
“So we focus on both ends of the process.
“But it’s in the middle, it’s the criminal justice system thing, between the complaint and the conviction.
“We have to close it, we have to give women the confidence that their complaints will be taken seriously.”
When asked if the public could expect conviction rates to rise, the Prime Minister replied: “We will work as hard as possible to make this happen.
“We have to work with the prosecutor, with the police, with the criminal justice system, and we will.”
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