In 2021, UN Women UK launched a YouGov survey to learn more about women and girls experience of sexual harassment in public spaces (public spaces defined as hospitality venues, parks, streets, public transport and excluding university, colleges or the workplace). Its key finding was that 71% of women of all ages in the UK have experienced some form of sexual harassment in a public space – this number rises to 86% among 18-24-year-olds.

Violence against women is not a women’s issue; it’s a human issue, and that’s why Evangelical Alliance member organisation, Restored, launched their First Man Standing campaign. 

If violence against women is to end we need men to help challenge the beliefs, attitudes and behaviours that perpetuate it — in themselves, and in other men. Over 1500 men have signed up to the First Man Standing online community committed to standing up and speaking out about violence against women – be it in their families, churches or workplaces. Please visit the Restored website for more information. 


Caleb discusses the the Disruptor training programme from Press Red, another Christian organisation educating, equipping, and empowering on the issues of violence and abuse against women and girls. To find out more about how you can be an active bystander, and take part in the same training as Caleb, please visit their website.

Violence against women and girls (VAWG): explore the series

This article is part of a six-part series on challenging violence against women and girls. Click through to other articles in the series below:

Violence and abuse against women and girls (VAWG)

Violence and abuse against women and girls (VAWG)

Six-part series: As UK leaders consider how to protect women and girls, how can evangelicals advocate for change? Read series
VAWG series: Will the church be change-makers?

VAWG series: Will the church be change-makers?

Part five: How can the church help create safe spaces for all who experience abuse, including women who have no recourse to public funds?