Concerns for safety of Melbourne women following spate of violent attacks

Extract from story by Digital Staff Sunrise Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Courtney Herron, 25, was bashed and killed at Parkville Royal Park in May. Henry Hammond is charged with her murder.

Courtney Herron, 25, was bashed and killed at Parkville Royal Park in May. Henry Hammond is charged with her murder.
In January, 21-year-old Aya Maasarwe was raped, murdered and set on fire near a Bundoora tram stop. Her attacker, 21-year-old Codey Herrmann, is awaiting sentence.
Budding comedian Eurydice Dixon, 22, was raped and murdered while walking home through Princes Park in June last year. Jaymes Todd is appealing against his life sentence.
“What we’re seeing is an unusual course of events,” MacKillop Family Services CEO Dr. Robyn Miller told Sunrise.
Dr Miller previously helped the Victorian government frame policy around family violence and has been working in the field for three decades.
“Statistically, these random attacks from strangers are quite rare. What’s more common are attacks by intimate partners, family members, and acquaintances.”A growing number of experts are questioning the belief that gender inequality is the root cause of violence against women. They argue that poverty, mental health, and substance abuse are also important factors.
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The past statistics to the effect that random attacks from strangers have no relevance today because society is changing, and that change has been rapid. Gangs attacking shop keepers, women being raped in parks, and murders on lonely highways along with other violent acts are becoming the norm and this will be reflected in future statistics 5-years from now.
In response to this emerging threat to society is this Bill for an Act that would have allowed the above-murdered women the option of making an application to be permitted a regulated weapon such as pepper spray, or a taser. Random attacks mean that they occur in random locations. Therefore, not-for-profit security firms placing people with the right skill sets and resources in random public places that add an invisible layer of protection in society is a sensible strategy for the protection of our communities.

In January, 21-year-old Aya Maasarwe was raped, murdered and set on fire near a Bundoora tram stop. Her attacker, 21-year-old Codey Herrmann, is awaiting sentence.

Budding comedian Eurydice Dixon, 22, was raped and murdered while walking home through Princes Park in June last year. Jaymes Todd is appealing against his life sentence.

“What we’re seeing is an unusual course of events,” MacKillop Family Services CEO Dr. Robyn Miller told Sunrise.

Dr Miller previously helped the Victorian government frame policy around family violence and has been working in the field for three decades.

“Statistically, these random attacks from strangers are quite rare. What’s more common are attacks by intimate partners, family members, and acquaintances.”A growing number of experts are questioning the belief that gender inequality is the root cause of violence against women. They argue that poverty, mental health, and substance abuse are also important factors.

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The past statistics to the effect that random attacks from strangers have no relevance today because society is changing, and that change has been rapid. Gangs attacking shop keepers, women being raped in parks, and murders on lonely highways along with other violent acts are becoming the norm and this will be reflected in future statistics 5-years from now.

In response to this emerging threat to society is this Bill for an Act that would have allowed the above murdered women the option of making application to be permitted a regulated weapon such as pepper spray, or a taser. Random attacks means that they occur in random locations . Therefore, not-for-profit security firms placing people with the right skill sets and resources in random public places that adds an invisible layer of protection in society is sensible strategy for the protection of our communities.

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