What she is saying now is not so different to what others have said about the risk of disempowering women through fear. I understand the argument. But let's not forget that what hurts, hurts. When sexual assaults occur, we should not have to try to persuade ourselves they don't affect us
We don’t need the “personal choice” to sit in a non-segregated carriage to become the new short skirt.
If there were thousands of Jemma Beales out there, there’s little doubt in my mind that we’d know about it. But there aren’t. Right now there’s only one, which is why we know her name. Meanwhile the names of most rapists will be forgotten.
Taking care not to provoke women can be a simple and effective way of staying safe. That's the message the footballer should be sharing.