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The other day, I read an article by Jane Gilmore, discussing that there was no national outrage or outcry, and little had been said in the media, about the fact that just the other week in Australia, six women were murdered in five days.
Six women were murdered in five days.
As a result, I am working toward and planning to dedicate several Raising Awareness slots to the women who have sadly lost their lives in 2018, in Australia, to domestic violence. Hopefully, if we are reminded each week of their faces, their names, their lives, we will get over our compassion fatigue and start to give a damn about violence against women.
I would also like to take this opportunity to note that during this time, White Ribbon has decided that it wants to be “agnostic” when it comes to women seeking safe and legal abortions. They recently, and very publicly, admitted that they were putting money before the lives of women. White Ribbon has always been problematic as fuck, but I want you to blow this shit open. As White Ribbon and Scott Morrison and our Australian government tries to backtrack for openly fucking women over in 2018 and publicly admitting money meant more to them than women’s health, I urge you to crucify and bury both. I urge you to show Australia, our PM, and our government that WOMEN’S RIGHTS FUCKING MATTER AND WE’RE SICK OF WOMEN DYING AND OUR GOVERNMENT DOING JACKSHIT.
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If you are aware that someone might be in danger, I implore you to please speak up. You may be wrong, but you may also save someone’s life.
Larissa Beilby, the woman you see pictured, was a beautiful, vivacious sixteen-year-old girl.
Some time between June 22-June 28, Larissa was brutally murdered after being savagely tortured. I don’t want to discuss any of the graphic details – of which they are horrendous – because our media has consistently referred to Larissa as ‘the body in the barrel’, and Larissa deserves so much more.
Larissa deserves our outrage, our anger, our anguish, our determination.
She does not deserve a legacy where sick bastards are only interested in how “the pretty girl” died as a “body in the barrel”.
I also have very little interest in discussing the man allegedly responsible for her brutal murder. While he has currently been arrested on around 19 different counts, including murder, kidnapping and torture, all of which is information that is relatively easy to obtain and I would much rather devote time to Larissa.
Before Larissa was kidnapped, tortured and murdered – allegedly by her boyfriend (though I don’t know why. Despite him not giving a motive and citing “misadventure” for Larissa’s death, I can’t honestly say you can ever really know what motivates someone to kidnap, torture, kill and then put someone in a barrel) on the Sunshine Coast (which is kind of near where I live, for people who don’t live in Australia. It’s actually not too far – about a 90-minute drive – to give some perspective).
From the sources I’ve managed to uncover, despite the fact that Larissa’s last known photo was taken in a halfway house for runaway teens, Larissa appeared to have a very happy home life. At her funeral, her older sister, brother and father all spoke about how amazing everything was – up until Larissa’s older boyfriend entered the picture.
Around six months prior to Larissa’s murder, her ex-boyfriend (and the man now on trial for her murder) entered Larissa’s life. A lot of people, including friends and family, specifically described the relationship as “turbulent” and that they could see that Larissa was heading down a “rocky road”.
For reasons I can’t and will never be able to understand or comprehend, since the discovery of Larissa’s body, hundreds of online trolls have swarmed Larissa’s social media accounts to blame her for her own death.
A sixteen-year-old girl was kidnapped, tortured, murdered, and then stuffed into a barrel, and somehow she’s the responsible party.
As Larissa was sixteen at the time of her murder, which means for legal reasons some details cannot be released to the public, it disturbs me how much dignity we’ve stripped from Larissa. Not only was she tortured, and spent her final moments in terrifying agony that most of us could never even deign to imagine, has been turned into little more than a bad title of a d-list horror film, and then somehow we’ve managed to blame her for her death and violently harass and abuse her family.
That SHOULD outrage you.
It should make you sad.
And it shouldn’t matter if Larissa wasn’t perfect, or ran away, or slept with a million people and did every single drug known to man – she is a person. She is a human being. She was violently killed. She matters.
Like I said, I don’t know much about Larissa, and I’m not interested in making half-assed assumptions about her life. What I do know is this: She deserves better attention and representation than what our media is giving her, and she’s just one of dozens of women our government doesn’t care about.
Think I’m exaggerating? Think I’m being a paranoid feminist ranting about the government?
Then explain to me how, in the wake of all of the women who have lost their lives to domestic violence this year alone, a police sergeant gave a known abuser his ex-wife’s information (after she and her children had to be relocated for protection from him), and he never faced any charges or had to face any repercussions.
But hey, men are the real victims here.
In Emergencies: 000
Lifeline Australia: 13 11 14
MensLine Australia: 1300 78 99 78
— Sources —
Bachelor of Education: English and History
Diploma in Criminology and Profiling
Diploma in Forensic Science
Background in law and psychology
Teacher 7+ years
Background in special needs, learning support – other specific teaching fields that required hands-on development.
NB: This is a declaration of the background of my personal knowledge, collected over the years via a professional form of education and development. Some of these take the form of actual degrees and others come in the form of necessary professional development. When doing your own, you should always try and verify the person’s credibility. My credibility, nor anyone else’s, is not with their education. Everyone has biases and no one is infallible. I am deliberately including some of my background education to highlight this, because you should be questioning information you are receiving.