An interactive map showing Melbourne’s “Sad Spots” for women at night is online.
The map was launched by Plan International alongside a group of Melbourne women, and aims to take action against victim blaming of women who are attacked on the streets.
The map allows people to upload their “sad spots” and tell their stories of street harassment and dangerous locations.
The worst spots appear to be around Flinders Street Stations, Swanston Street and towards Elizabeth Street.
The map’s launch coincides with a new report released by Plan International which found about half of women felt unsafe at night.
Plan International Australia deputy chief executive Susanne Legena told News.com.au women could drop a pin on the public interactive map and describe their experience.
They can also let others know about areas that are safe.
“Unfortunately, Australian girls say they sometimes feel just as unsafe in some public areas after dark as girls from countries with far higher rates of violence,” she said.
“This is concerning and we need to really listen to girls and start to make positive changes to our urban environment to ensure they always feel safe and welcomed.”
Tell your story at www.plan.org.au/freetobe.