IT is not often that we agree with every word that the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, says, but in the wake of the death of Sarah Everard, she said: “Every woman should feel safe to walk our streets without fear of harassment or violence.”

She is right, but, sadly, this is not the situation many women find themselves in.

The Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick said that murderous assaults are, thankfully, rare – although MP Jess Phillips said yesterday that six women and one girl have been killed by men in the week that Sarah had been missing.

And Sarah’s tragic case has allowed women to explain how they do suffer harassment, if not violence, from men, and how many have developed strategies and tactics to cope.

That is sensible and it is understandable, but it is not right.

It is as if we are teaching women to be scared or they need to take precautions just to stay safe when really it is men who need to up their game and ensure the streets are safe.

Society has moved on in recent decades, and that process needs to continue, perhaps with young men being taught more about respect. It is telling that there are no obvious answers to reach for and that is because we haven’t had this debate. Now is the time.