Letter: Protection for women in peril

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Sir: Marianne Macdonald ('Advertisers 'prey' on female dread of random attack', 8 February) implies that a 2.8 per cent chance of being attacked is negligible, but nearly three in every 100 represents a great many women. The figures were from a survey undertaken in 1984 - is this a true indication of the position today?

Women are being attacked and need protection. Providing alarm devices being advertised are lawful and help women defend themselves, they should be welcomed. Women need assistance to feel more secure and able to resist.

Yours faithfully,

PATIENCE PURDY

President

National Council of Women

London, N1

9 February

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