I ran with the key to protect myself but I was one of the lucky ones

VICKY Phelan has revealed that she used to run with a key between her fingers in case she was attacked when she paid tribute to Ashling Murphy.

The Cervical Screening campaigner said she was one of the “lucky ones” as she was never attacked or watched while out exercising but did admit someone had pointed the finger at her. into her.

Vicky Phelan Has Revealed The Safety Measures She Will Take While Running

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Vicky Phelan Has Revealed The Safety Measures She Will Take While Running
Ashling Murphy was brutally murdered in Tullamore

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Ashling Murphy was brutally murdered in TullamoreCredit: PA: Press Association
Ashling was attacked while jogging on Wednesday

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Ashling was attacked while jogging on WednesdayCredit: PA: Press Association

The brave mother-of-two recounts the steps she took to keep her children safe before being diagnosed with cancer and that violence against women must stop.

Sharing on Twitter, Vicky said: “Like every woman in this country, I have been deeply affected by the brutal, senseless murder of Ashling Murphy in broad daylight on Wednesday.

“Before being diagnosed with cancer, I was an avid runner. I ran 4-5 times a week, always by myself.

“Each time, I always have a key between my fingers ready to strike, I’m constantly scanning around and making notes of what the men are wearing, how tall they are, etc… in case any of them attack me.”

Vicky also revealed when she ran out and said she never took the same route twice or wore “short shorts”.

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She added: “I’m one of the lucky ones. During my years on the run, I was never attacked or followed. I was flashed immediately but I didn’t say anything and just kept going. run and find your way onto a busier road, just in BUT that doesn’t make any of the things women have to DO RIGHT just to do.

“Go for a walk or run alone or walk home after a night out alone!

“Unfortunately for Ashling Murphy, and many other women before her, she paid the ultimate price as a woman who dared to go out alone to run away… she was brutally murdered. . This has to end! RIP Ashling.”

NO TOLERENCE

It comes as Attorney General Helen McEntee has promised that the Government’s new strategy on gender-based violence will target “zero tolerance” in the wake of Ashling Murphy’s murder.

The government is currently working on a new strategy on sexual, domestic and gender-based violence to be published in March.

Secretary McEntee told Newstalk that the strategy will focus on four key areas of prevention, protection, prosecution and policy intervention.

“We have set a clear goal – zero tolerance,” she said. You might be thinking ‘well that’s what allows zero tolerance’, I just pointed out to myself that I may have played some role in allowing zero tolerance.

“There will be no tolerance and the way we’re going to get there is by getting everyone together.”

Attorney General Helen McEntee

“There will be no tolerance and the way we’re going to get there is that everyone comes together completely.

“So every government agency from Justice to Equality to Education to Housing works with our State agencies from An Garda Siochana, court services, education and others. .

“Working with the community and the volunteer sector, working with victims and working with the wider community is based on four key principles: prevention, protection, prosecution and policy coordination.

“What’s really important here is that we have a key driver. I am the Minister responsible for domestic and sexual violence, working with my colleagues from Roderic O’Gorman right on the board. I will lead the implementation of this new strategy. “

DETAILED ACTIONS

Secretary McEntee promised that the strategy would include detailed actions with timelines for when they should be completed.

Fine Gael TD says people are demanding zero tolerance after the horrific murder of Ashling Murphy.

She said: “I think what we’ve seen this week is really a surge of grief across the country from the women, men, children, all in solidarity with the Ashling family. and her community.

“But in particular, have come together to demand no tolerance for this.

“I often decide for myself, ‘well, I’ll go out for a walk at this time of day or I’ll go to the area because it might be safer’. That shouldn’t be the case.

“And what we’re seeing now is everyone in society coming together to say this shouldn’t happen. We shouldn’t tolerate this.”

Memorial flowers are left near the Grand Canal in Tullamore, County Offaly, where Aisling Murphy was killed Wednesday night

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Memorial flowers are left near the Grand Canal in Tullamore, County Offaly, where Aisling Murphy was killed Wednesday nightCredit: PA: Press Association

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