Everyone has been sharing that ‘text me when you get home’ photo to their Instagram Story this week, but what does it mean?
An investigation into missing person Sarah Everard is currently ongoing after human remains were found in a woodland area in Kent this week.
At the time of writing, a serving Metropolitan Police officer is being questioned on suspicion of the 33-year-old’s “kidnap and murder.”
Sarah vanished on March 3rd after leaving a friend’s house in Clapham to walk home. However, she never made it back to her home in Brixton, a 50-minute walk away.
Sarah Everard’s case has launched a social media movement as other women share their experiences of feeling unsafe whilst walking alone.
One post that’s gained a lot of attention is that of Lucy Mountain who shared a text image saying ‘text me when you get home’. Everyone’s been re-posting the image to their Instagram Story, and here’s why.
Who is Lucy Mountain?
Lucy Mountain is a social media personality and Instagram influencer.
Formerly known as The Fashion Fitness Foodie, the 29-year-old from England is a personal trainer and lifestyle blogger who has gained almost 400,000 followers on Instagram.
She also runs her own home fitness platform called Nobs Guides and hosts the podcast Close Friends with Tara Margulies and Sarah Barrington.
‘Text me when you get home’ post explained
On Thursday (March 11th), Lucy took to Instagram to post her response to the Sarah Everard case, and it’s has an incredible reaction on social media.
She posted a photo of a text conversation that said ‘text me when you get home’ and explained the significance that this short message holds for women in the caption.
“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. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about Sarah Everard and how a woman was not allowed to walk home. It’s unbearable,” she wrote.
Sarah Everard’s case has sparked conversations on social media about women’s safety as females across the world speak about their experiences of feeling unsafe whilst alone.
Lucy went on to give examples of the fear that women have when walking home on their own, including having to share live locations with others, holding keys between your fingers, running down dark roads and theorising escape routes.
“What’s so insidious is that these things don’t even feel like ‘special safety tools’. They’re literally just ingrained behaviours and actions we’ve had to pick up since we were little girls. Because ‘that’s just the way it is’,” she continued.
Then, she addressed how “text me when you get home xxx” is a standard procedure amongst women around the world before saying that she wishes that men understood how difficult it is for women.
“Stop harassing women. Stop victim-blaming women. And stop burdening women with the weight of other men’s actions,” she wrote before finishing the post with:
“A woman should have been able to walk home.”
Women react to Lucy’s post on social media
Social media users have been praising Lucy for summing up the fear that women live with in every life so well.
The post has been liked over one million times and been shared to thousands of women’s Instagram Stories as people agree with her incredibly important caption.
One person re-shared Lucy’s post on Twitter and wrote: “This was said by Lucy Mountain on her Instagram and it really resonated with me. I wanted to share it.”
“This via Lucy Mountain sums up so much of the way women are feeling about #SarahEverard. We learn fear from so young, we avoid dark places, we worry about our girlfriends getting home, we take & send photos of taxis, we share our locations. We are STILL right to be afraid,” said another.
A third person tweeted: “This is from Lucy Mountain on Insta. Just really hit me. How many times have we sent this text? I once called a friend after midnight because I’d seen some dodgy-looking guys on my way home, but couldn’t get to sleep till I knew she was home safe.”
Lucy’s post continues to go viral on social media, and Sarah Everard’s case has resonated with women around the world.