AS the story of Sarah Everard took a grimly inevitable turn yesterday with the identification of her remains, the number of women telling their stories of harassment grew to quite shocking levels.

According to a recent YouGov poll, four out of 10 women have been groped or been the victims of unwelcome touching; a third of women have been followed, and one in five have faced indecent exposure.

Our anecdotal research suggests this is, if anything, an underestimate. Nearly all women have an unsettling story to tell, and nearly all didn’t report it. They seem to accept it as a fact of life, and get on with it. They just put it down to experience and resolve to adopt a different, safer approach – perhaps even arming themselves with keys.

As we said yesterday, this really isn’t a woman issue. It is a problem within men and, as well as ensuring our streets are properly lit, we can begin to address it by ensuring that young males are taught about respect.

It is shocking, and very sad, that in the 21st Century, in this age of equality, so many women feel harassed and vulnerable. It has to change.