Text me when you get home: meaning of Instagram message that went viral following Sarah Everard disappearance

Women are sharing their personal experiences about feeling unsafe when walking alone via social media

Sarah Everard’s disappearance has led to a worldwide social media movement about women’s safety.

Since the 33-year-old marketing executive went missing in south London last Wednesday (3 March) while walking home, many women have shared their personal stories about feeling scared and unsafe when alone.

One post on the subject has gone viral on Instagram - the simple image of a message reading “text me when you get home”.

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More than a million people have liked, shared and commented on the picture, which was uploaded by influencer Lucy Mountain.

This is what the text message means and why the post has gone viral as women share their stories.

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This image of a message reading “text me when you get home” went viral on Instagram following Sarah Everard's disappearance (Instagram)

Following Sarah Everard’s disappearance, many women posted infographics, quotes and pictures to their Instagram stories about feeling unsafe in public.

A post that gained a lot of attention Lucy Mountain’s, a personal trainer and lifestyle blogger from England with over 400,000 followers.

The image, uploaded on Thursday 11 March, shows a green WhatsApp message on a white background simply reading “text me when you get home xx”.

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Many women reposted the image to their story to send a simple message about the Sarah Everard case.

Sarah Everard went missing in south London last Wednesday (PA Media/Metropolitan Police)

In the post’s caption, Lucy explained why she chose to post that picture of a text message.

“I don’t even know how to word this because I feel like my words can’t do justice to how many women are feeling right now,” she wrote.

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“I’ve had conversations about how being hyper-conscious of our safety is just something we’ve done throughout our entire lives. The deep sense of connection is one of fear.” ⠀

She went on to give specific examples of the precautions women take when walking home on their own - from sharing their location with friends to thinking about possible escape routes.

Lucy said: “What’s so insidious is that these things don’t even feel like ‘special safety tools’.

“They’re literally just engrained behaviours and actions we’ve had to pick up since we were little girls. Because ’that’s just the way it is’.”

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The influencer went on to focus on how the “text me when you get home” message is a common, auto-pilot procedure carried out by women around the world to ensure their friends and family return to where they live safely.

She pointed out that she wished more men understood that women are scared when they get in Ubers, walk home or walk past groups of men.