Thinking of you, Jill Meagher
One of the most uncomfortable things about the known details of Jill Meagher’s shocking disappearance is that this is a situation that could happen to anyone.
At 29, Jill Meagher is just like thousands of other young sisters, daughters, friends and acquaintances, heading out for Friday work drinks.
How many times have you heard someone confess after a night out that they “probably shouldn’t have walked that way home.”
It’s easy to do. A couple of extra drinks that set you back a bit later than you wanted to be out and you’re checking your phone, saying goodbyes and walking out the door with your bag over your shoulder and not a care in the world.
The fact is these decisions are very often made with the false sense of confidence that comes from having a few drinks. It lets you imagine that every decision you make is a good one, or at least a relatively safe one.
Jill Meagher had a five minute walk between the bar and her home; a walk she’s probably done several times before without fear. A walk lots of other people will eventually do hundreds of other times with no recourse.
And that could be the worst thing about this unfolding story: watching Meagher’s mother, Edith McKeon make an impassioned plea from her home in Perth, compounds the hopelessness of this situation. All anyone can do right now is wait.
The other incredibly worrying element of this horrible scenario is the sheer number of people who have since come forward to report attempted abductions in the same area. According to news.com.au, police have reported 611 offences in this category in 2011-2012, 159 of those occurred on the street.
Several other complaints about the area have also been posted on the Help Us Find Jill Meagher Facebook page. Why these potential victims waited so long to acknowledge these offences is a question worth answering at some point. But at this stage the best we can hope is that the information will help speed up what must be a gruelling investigation for Meagher’s husband and family.
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