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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.
Unlike with Larissa Beilby, there’s a better chance you heard about Eurydice’s murder.
It made better coverage, anyway, even if it was for all the wrong reasons (here’s looking at the heavy victim-blaming on the Victorian police’s side).
Earlier this year, Australia was left haunted when twenty-two-year-old Eurydice was brutally raped and murdered only minutes from her home.
After news broke of Eurydice’s violent rape and murder, several Victorian police officers issued statements about how women needed to “be alert” and to “not travel alone”.
Except, Eurydice did all the things the police said she should have done to survive.
Just before she was attacked, she actually messaged her boyfriend to a) check in and to b) to let her know she was almost home.
Eurydice was also a brilliant comedian, so she regularly brought attention to the fact that women weren’t safe walking alone at night.
She did everything young woman are taught to do. She was vigilant. She was aware.
And it wasn’t enough.
And because women dared to discuss how they shouldn’t have to feel afraid walking home at night, men made that issue about them.
Because of course they fucking did.
So, after Eurydice was brutally raped and murdered, then blamed by the police and half the public for her own death, her memorial was then destroyed because men have feelings.
Yeah, it’s sure a difficult time to be a boy right now.
Women could hurt your feelings.
Well, they seem to keep killing women, and then beating us if we bring it up. For Larissa, for Eurydice, for all the women and children I haven’t covered yet that have lost their lives to domestic violence this year, we need to be angry.
We need justice for Larissa.
We need justice for Eurydice.
We need our government to care about the women who have died this year alone because they refuse to do anything but put the blame squarely on the victims.
Speak up. Remember them.
But hey, let’s keep pretending like men are the real victims here.
In Emergencies: 000
Lifeline Australia: 13 11 14
MensLine Australia: 1300 78 99 78
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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.
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