According to Philip Werner, the organiser of the march for Jill Meagher, the 30,000 people who walked along Sydney Road Brunswick was to show support for “peace, hope, non-violence and solidarity with all women”.
Julie Stephens, Associate Professor, said that threats to women’s safety are as ever-present as they always have been. In Victorian police statistics for 2010 – 2011 show an 11.8% annual increase in reported rapes.
The outpouring of emotion for Jill Meagher was intense and genuine and similar displays for all victims of violent crimes should be promoted. As a modern, civilized community we should be adopting a zero tolerance mentality towards violent crimes.
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