A RECLAIM the Night protest is to take place in the city this week against “street harassment and rape culture”.

The march will begin in Brighthelm Gardens in Queen’s Road, Brighton, at 6pm on Friday, and will end at the Royal Pavilion.

More than 1,000 people have responded to the event on Facebook, with 225 currently planning to attend.

The Argus: Reclaim the Night will take place in Brighton on FridayReclaim the Night will take place in Brighton on Friday

Organisers have said the event will be focused on the dangers women face when walking home alone at night and the issues of gender-based violence.

The issues have been exemplified in recent months following the murders of Sarah Everard and primary school teacher Sabina Nessa

In a statement on the event’s Facebook page, organisers of the march said: “This is a Reclaim the Night March and as such, the central focus is on the threat to a woman’s safety when she walks alone at night, and on the issue of gender-based violence.

The Argus: Banners and flowers left after the death of Sarah Everard in Victoria Gardens, BrightonBanners and flowers left after the death of Sarah Everard in Victoria Gardens, Brighton

“That does not mean that this not a safe space to discuss the many ways we are all threatened, in a variety of women’s, because of our identities and the way we are perceived – particularly in terms of rising rates of racism, homophobia and transphobia in our society.

“Not only do we march against street harassment and sexual violence, reclaiming spaces that are traditionally off-limits to lone women, but we seek to fundraise for our local rape crisis centre, survivor's network and to create an atmosphere of belief and support for survivors.”

Anyone attending is asked to bring placards and flowers to lay at the rally point.

Earlier this year, vigils were held at cities across the UK in memory of Sarah Everard.

Protests were held to highlight the measures that women are forced to take to try to keep themselves safe.

Her death, at the hands of a police officer as she walked along a busy road in London at 9.30pm, led thousands of girls and women to share their experiences and fears.

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