'Women aren't property, goods, chattels to be abused and used'- Sue Perkins on violence against women

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Sue Perkins believes more needs to be done to address violence and sexual offenses against women.

The British broadcaster and comedian has called for an overhaul in the educational, legal, and policing system.

Sue was speaking at the Women of The Year Awards in the UK recently.

"It needs to start in school; it needs to start with basic ideas of decency. It needs to then evolve into proper sex education and to ideas of consent," she says, adding that there needs to be an understanding that women are equal.

"Women aren't property. Women aren't goods and chattels to be abused and used," she says. 

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Sue suggests that sex education needs to extend to policing, sentencing and the legal system. Equally, it is essential to understand that there are consequences for actions.

"Communities are unsustainable when they are predicated on a sense that women are not equal, and they are there as 'playthings.' So we need a holistic approach," she says.

"I think for those who felt that that was done and dusted with the #MeToo movement, the awful recent tragedies that have occurred have alerted us to the fact that everything needs to be done, much more needs to be done." 

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