This is borne out in the daily reports of women being beaten and killed, women going missing only to turn up killed, and women being raped.
It is also an inescapable fact that although strangers are involved in some cases, in too many instances, the men responsible are known to the women - boyfriend, husband, boss, colleague or relative.
So where are our women safe? Not at work, not at home, not in the street, and certainly not in the post office.
The problem evidently has its genesis in our homes, where we bring up our boys believing that they have an undeniable claim to women and their bodies.