Loose Women star Nadia Sawalha feels women have begun to ‘lose trust in men’ after the murder of Sarah Everard.
Her killer Wayne Couzens, who was a serving PC with the Metropolitan Police when he kidnapped Everard, was told today that he will die behind bars after being sentenced at the Old Bailey.
The trial was discussed on Thursday’s episode of Loose Women between panelists Nadia, Katie Piper and Penny Lancaster, with Charlene White as host.
Nadia said she found it hard to reassure her daughters when they come to her with questions on how to keep safe.
Of Couzens she said: ‘Yes he’s a policeman but he could have been doing any job really.
‘It’s the general loss of trust in men at the moment. I feel a bit flayed, my skin feels on fire with the sensitivity around all of it. All our hearts broke yesterday as we listened to those witness impact statements.
‘Being a mum of daughters I find it harder, and harder to talk to them. To ease their stresses and worries and strains.
‘Maddy, close to the time when Sarah Everard was actually taken, she said to me, “Mum so what do I do?” Because the tick box was there. She was walking on a lit street, she was doing all the things she was supposed to do to stay safe, which we know doesn’t mean anything if you’ve got somebody who’s determined.’
She continued: ‘She said to me, “So if I felt threatened by somebody and there was a policeman down the way, I wouldn’t feel safe to run to that policeman.”
‘There’s a lot of fear. The facts are this is an extremely unique situation but facts don’t really help our feelings and our feelings are on edge.’
Nadia also referred to the two allegations of indecent exposure relating to Couzens in February, just days before the killing.
She said: ‘That makes me feel very fearful because you don’t know how far the tendrils go.
‘Yes I’m enormously grateful to the police on the whole but I can’t help the fact I’m human and I’m really worried about it.’
Loose Women airs weekdays at 12.30 on ITV.
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