Patsy Stevenson said she had been left ‘terrified’ by advances of police officers and security guards on dating app
A woman whose image went viral on the internet after she was arrested at the Sarah Everard vigil has said “about 50” police officers have since approached her on the dating app Tinder.
Patsy Stevenson said she had been left “terrified” by their advances and thought that the men had reached out to her as an intimidation tactic.
Ms Stevenson was photographed as she was handcuffed by police officers at the vigil in memory of Sarah Everard on 13 Março.
Hundreds attended the vigil on Clapham Common in south London despite the Metropolitan Police saying that the event would be illegal under lockdown restrictions.
Falando para BBC London, Ms Stevenson said the vigil was “a turning point”, where “everyone realised we actually all go through the same things”. Contudo, she added that the “sombre atmosphere… turned very scary very quickly”.
Since her arrest, Ms Stevenson claims that “about 50” police officers and security guards have approached her on the dating app Tinder.
Ela disse: “They were all in uniform on their profiles, or it said ‘I’m a police officer’. I do not understand why someone would do that.
“It is almost like an intimidation thing, saying ‘Look, we can see you’, e essa, para mim, is terrifying.
“They know what I went through, and they know that I’m fearful of police, and they’ve done that for a reason.”
Writing on social media following the interview, Patsy Stevenson explained that she “had Tinder gold so I could see who liked me, I didn’t match with them. Havia 50 at the same time.”
She also detailed how she had been targeted with death and kidnap threats since her arrest, and said she had become the focus of conspiracy theories.
One theory claimed she was a “crisis actor” paid to attend the vigil and get arrested.
Ela disse BBC London: “Now there’s always that fear when I’m out and I see someone staring at me. I just want to be able to live the way you live without fear. But then again, I’m a woman.”
Ms Stevenson added that she was not “anti-police” but said that forces needed to start “taking accountability” for their officers’ actions.
Referring to the Metropolitan Police’s new advice for women to flag down a bus if they feel threatened by a lone police officer, ela disse: “Stop telling women how to change their behaviour just to stay alive.
“If they started looking into it properly and… listening to people’s concerns and then enacting change, we would be able to trust them more.”