“As a woman living in Oxford, there are some streets I just don’t feel comfortable walking down.”

That is the view of one woman who took part in a march calling for the city’s streets to be made safe for women.

Natalie Brook, 27, said: “Despite years of campaigning, sexual abuse and domestic violence against women are still as prevalent as they ever were.

“We are marching to make sure the community knows we all have a role to play in making a difference.”

The annual Oxfordshire Reclaim the Night, a march to demand justice for rape survivors, was held on Friday.

This year, organisers have outlined 10 points which they hope will encourage people to take action to end sexual violence and domestic abuse.

They include not telling jokes about rape and encouraging female friends to be confident about themselves.

A leaflet handed out by the women also speaks out against not buying ‘lad’s mags’ that present women as sexual objects.

Rape survivors and friends and families of those who have been attacked were among the women-only march which began at the Sheldonian Theatre, in Broad Street.

The march was followed by a rally at Ruskin College, in Walton Street, to which men were invited.

Organiser Hannah Clare, from the Oxford Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre, said they had chosen to march through the city centre this year to boost the profile.

She said: “We wanted to make it as visible as possible. One in three women face some kind of abuse throughout their life.

“Reclaiming the night is just as relevant now as it ever was.”

The first march was held in West Germany on April 30, 1977.

In Britain, they began on November 12, 1977, when marches took place in cities including Leeds, Manchester, Bristol and London.

In America, the Reclaim the Night marches are known as Take Back The Night.