Jill Meagher’s senseless rape and murder on Melbourne’s Sydney Road sparked an impassioned national debate on the safety of women in Australia but, 10 years on, how much has really changed, and isn’t it time that men stand up and do more about it?
This week marks a particularly chilling anniversary for Australian women and girls, the brutal, random murder of Jill Meagher
Jill was walking home along on Sydney Road, Brunswick when she was dragged into an alley, raped and strangled to death before her murderer hastily buried her in a shallow grave
Jill’s last ghostly image caught on a Sydney Road shop’s CCTV looking nervously over her shoulder after being followed by her attacker will forever haunt many Australian women who have walked home late and alone.
Men continue to murder women at the rate of one woman a week. They are stalking and killing women they don’t know, and snuffing out the lives of women they purport to love.
Jill Meagher. Ms Meagher was a 29-year-old Irishwoman living in Australia when she was raped and murdered in 2012
Her case was initially treated as a missing person after she failed to return home to her husband, but her body was discovered by Victorian police six days later.
Adrian Bayley, who had a history of violent sex attacks, was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum jail term of 35 years for her murder. On Friday, coroner Ian Gray said Jill Meagher's death had been "preventable"