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Over 150 people march in Shankill against spate of sex attacks

The Take Back the Night march is a community effort against violence.

BETWEEN 150 TO 200 people took part in a march in the Shankill suburb of Dublin last night against ongoing sex attacks in the area and the wider issue of sexual and domestic violence.

The Take Back the Night march began at Shankill Dart station and made its way through  a number of areas where women were attacked over the past 14 months.

The latest attack happened in the Bayview estate area with gardaí looking through CCTV pictures as part of their investigations.

Last night’s march was organised by local woman Emily Lyon who told TheJournal.ie earlier this week that the march was one of defiance against the fear women are feeling.

“There are people changing their schedules so they can get back home before it’s dark because they are scared for their safety. That’s not good enough,” she said.

Gardaí and local businesses were represented at last night’s march with a number of local representatives also present.

Fine Gael councillor Jim Gildea was one of those present and said the march was about maintaining awareness, something gardaí have also been keen to stress.

“The current case is a very active and they’re trying to get the message out,” Gidea says.

“What happened in the most recent attack was very serious. This lady was attacked from behind and it must have been so traumatic. The message is to be aware and watch out and we’ll see what the follow on will be for this now.”

Read: Gardaí reviewing hundreds of hours of CCTV footage to catch Shankill sex attacker >

Read: ‘We’re taking back the night’: Women to march in Shankill against sex attacker >

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