This time a year ago, July 21st 2013, a lady called Tracy Connelly was murdered in St Kilda. In the 12 months since then, another 67 women have been murdered in Australia. This is NOT acceptable.
Women have the right to be respected and treated with dignity and courtesy regardless of their age, culture, sexual preference, vocation, faith, in fact WHATEVER category you could choose to come up with.
There are some amazing individuals and organisations like St Kilda Gatehouse - who hosted tonight’s gathering “Still Loved”. They have made it their mission to befriend and support women, particularly those marginalised by working in the sex industry. But there will not be change to these acts of violence UNLESS there is a change in the attitudes and behaviours of the entire community.
Here is my interview with Emily, a friend of mine who has sought to change things for the better and contribute to what she calls “The Tapestry of Restoration”.