I do not remember much about that November day four years ago – the day my cousin Gaia’s body was found less than a mile from where she disappeared.

The paperwork says she died of hypothermia, but Gaia, like countless others, fell victim to an epidemic of violence against women and girls which is unfolding in the United Kingdom at terrifying rates under a government that lacks the insight and the political will to stop it.

In November 2017, Dorset Police launched a missing persons investigation to find Gaia. But by then they had already let her down.

In 2015, when she was just 17, Gaia told us that she has been raped and that she wanted to report it to the police. We are a

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