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Davina McCall Clarifies Women's Safety Comment And Not All Men Statement

Kimberley Bond

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Davina McCall Clarifies Women's Safety Comment And Not All Men Statement

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Davina McCall has spoken out once more to stress she was "not victim shaming" after she received backlash when she expressed concern over men's mental health in the wake of Sarah Everard's disappearance.

The 53-year-old caused controversy last Friday when she said "this level of fear-mongering isn't healthy", after a number of women shared their experiences of male violence and sexual assault on social media.

Davina McCall has further clarified her comments on Twitter (Credit: Instagram - davinamccall)
Davina McCall has further clarified her comments on Twitter (Credit: Instagram - davinamccall)

After over 10,000 of people replied to her post, with many left stunned that the television presenter had said "calling out all men is dangerous", Davina chose to clarify her position on Twitter.

"Any man that's violent/coercive towards a woman is abhorrent," she wrote to her 2.7 million followers.

"As for victim shaming, I am not. The misinterpretation of my post, by some, has been terrifying. Women should feel safe everywhere, all the time. Men should, and many do, help make this idea possible."

The presenter wrote a statement on Twitter (Credit: Twitter)
The presenter wrote a statement on Twitter (Credit: Twitter)

While many welcomed Davina's clarification, others were still left disappointed in the way the star initially framed her point.

"You got it wrong, that's okay," said one person. "Don't double down..."

Another added: "Most of us have men in our lives that we love, so I can see where your post from.

"Your post was poorly timed and was like 'all lives matter' - insensitive and unnecessary."

Sarah Everard was abducted and found dead 60 miles away from where she was last seen (Credit: PA Images)
Sarah Everard was abducted and found dead 60 miles away from where she was last seen (Credit: PA Images)

Davina had initially written on Friday: "Female abduction/murder is extremely rare. Yes we should all be vigilant when out alone. But this level of fear-mongering isn't healthy.

"And men's mental health is an issue as well. Calling all men out as dangerous is bad for our sons, brothers, partners."

The disappearance and murder of Sarah Everard has been hugely emotional for many women, and has seen an outpouring of grief on social media.

Sarah Everard was walking home to her home in Brixton (Credit: PA Images)
Sarah Everard was walking home to her home in Brixton (Credit: PA Images)

The 33-year-old woman was last seen walking home to her flat in Brixton after visiting a friend in Clapham. Friends and family alerted emergency services when they hadn't heard from her and could not reach her.

Serving Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens has been charged for Sarah's abduction and murder.

Thousands of people attended a vigil at Clapham Common to pay their respects to Sarah on Saturday night.

Topics: UK News, Sarah Everard, Celebrity News, Twitter

Kimberley Bond
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