Murdoch community called on to reclaim the night

October 24, 2012

Members of the Murdoch University community will take to the streets on Friday October 26 to demand an end to violence against women at home and on the street.

Students and staff are invited to join in a march through Fremantle starting at 6:30pm at Pioneer Reserve opposite the Fremantle Train Station.

The march will progress through Fremantle’s cappuccino strip and finish in a festival at Kings Square.

Women students at Murdoch University initiated the event after the horrific abduction, rape and murder of ABC employee Jill Meagher. It quickly grew into a broader event with students from other universities and social activists joining the organising group.

“We need to turn around the culture of victim blaming,” said Murdoch Guild President Bec Thompson.

“People who choose to commit rape and violent crime are to blame, not their victims. Women have the right to dress as they like and to go out in public without the threat of rape and violence.”

Amy Hoogenboom, incoming Murdoch Guild women’s officer, adds “We also need young men and young women to be educated in consent. It needs to be understood that ‘Yes is yes and everything else is no’. We need better funding for services for those who have experienced rape and sexual assault.”

“This event aims to form just part of a push for cultural change. I hope everyone supporting the goals of the event will join us. We encourage participants to bring pots and other items to make noise with. We need to break the silence about domestic and sexual violence in the home.”

The rally will be led by 70 women holding candles, a symbolic action with each candle representing 10 metres of the trip that Jill Meagher had to make home without being attacked.

Further information on the event can be found at the event's facebook site.

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