Friday, 28 September 2012

Today is different.

Normally on a Friday, I have started the tradition of #FoodPornFriday. But today I’ve decided not to.

This week in Melbourne, there has been a disturbing and chilling case of a young woman who mysteriously disappeared off a busy street (less than 700m from home). Sadly, we woke to the news this morning that her body was found overnight, and that a man has been arrested and charged with her abduction, rape and murder.

For me, the thing that hit hard was that it was so close. The innocent victim, Jill, was a 29 year old with her whole life ahead of her. She was going home after a few drinks with friends and colleagues, and had probably done that walk countless times before. She refused an offer from a friend to walk her home because she thought she was safe.

When the Police released the CCTV footage of her final sighting (a brief interaction with her now confirmed killer), it was chilling and upsetting to see. She was clearly uncomfortable being stopped by this man, and unsure of what to do, she did what most of us has done at one time or another – called her brother, tried to look busy, and when she thought she was ok, she kept on walking.

The agony and pain that her family and friends have gone through this week, not knowing where she was, dealing with the media intrusion – and now the unimaginable horror to discover that she was so brutally violated.

Now that Jill has been found, her family can begin the grief process. There is closure to some degree, but so many questions remain unanswered.

It’s a reminder to us all that we need to be aware of ourselves and our surrounds at all times, that sadly there are antisocial people out there with no respect for others.

May Jill now rest in peace; my thoughts are with her family and friends.

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