The senseless murder of teacher Ashling Murphy has sent shockwaves across the country – with many calling for a zero-tolerance policy for crimes against women.
Women’s Aid says Ashling’s brutal death when she jogs is a “shocking example of the dangers posed to women”.
The organization, which works to prevent and address the impact of domestic violence and abuse, reports that 244 women have been killed since 1996 when they started profiling.
Of those, 87% of cases were solved by a man who knew the victim, while 13% of the perpetrator was a stranger.
SARAH BENSON, Executive Director of Women’s Aid, said: “The killing of women is an end to a series of violence and abuse that women in Ireland and around the world experience every day.
“The horrific murder of Ashling Murphy – a young woman – in Co Offaly yesterday is a shocking example of the danger facing women.
“We extend our sincere condolences to Ashling’s family, friends and community.”
Here, the hostess of Aid to Women, Sarah, writes about why we need to tackle this to ensure more women’s lives are not lost.
WE have been here before. Flowers placed at the scene. Please express your condolences.
Beautiful images are shared of a woman who is brutally cut short.
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Sincere sadness, anger and sincere commitments from which lessons must be learned. Never repeat.
However, the focus fades over time, until the next horrible event. Women’s Aid has been documenting the violent deaths of women for more than 25 years.
Every time we add a name, it hurts.
Our hearts ache, but we document these murders to illustrate the link between the wide range of male violence against women, which ranges from sexist trolls, to being caught red-handed. , groping to intimate partner abuse, forced control, sexual assault, rape, commercial exploitation, FGM (female genital mutilation) and final act of violence: suicide close.
We record it to encourage all of us to strive for and better prevent abuse and strengthen protections for women and girls.
What’s more, we record each woman’s name so that we never forget her, and all that she and all her loved ones were senselessly robbed of.
Women’s suicide is the extreme end of the spectrum of violence and abuse that women in Ireland and around the world experience every day.
One in three women worldwide has experienced some form of male violence in her lifetime.
The horrific murder of Ashling Murphy, a young woman, in Co Offaly yesterday is a shocking example of the danger facing women. “
Yesterday’s horrific murder of a young woman Ashling Murphy in Co Offaly is a shocking example of the danger facing women.
While murder is rare and murder by a stranger even more so, Ashling’s death shows that women’s worse nightmares can come true.
As Ashling’s family, friends and community try to cope with this unimaginable loss, society has questions to answer.
Similar to the case of Sarah Everard, Bottom, in the UK last year, public grief has been immediate and intense since Wednesday night.
Online, there has been a wide range of women’s lifelong experiences of systematic deviant practices as well as sexism and common abuse.
Many women are sharing stories of how instinctively they feel afraid in public and the strategies they use to try to keep themselves safe.
Many women are expressing their anger and frustration as they continually feel that the burden of responsibility for men’s violent behavior is on their shoulders.
Of course, the discussion has revolved around what women should do to avoid being attacked – personal safety alarms, self-defense classes, being in groups, keys sticking out of our fingers as we walk.
Every woman should have the right to be safe, both in their own homes and in their communities.
We need zero tolerance for all forms of male violence against women, and we will all have to commit to lasting change.
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This, critically, includes men having to act as allies in addressing deviance and inequality.
Men call the vile language, grumbling, sexist comments made by their friends, a simple yet powerful and necessary act of solidarity with all the women in their lives.
Ignoring such behavior at the ‘lower end’ of the spectrum of men’s violence against women can make people behaving that way feel that their actions are acceptable, normal, even by their peers. even consent.
This can have cumulative consequences which, in the worst case scenario, can lead to increased levels of abuse up to and including violent behavior especially sexual and physical assault against women. .
A commitment to education from the earliest ages is needed to promote gender equality and respectful relationships between boys and girls based on respect, trust and equality of esteem.
We need ongoing and enhanced resources for specialized sexual and domestic violence services for victims/survivors and we need an improved criminal justice system to protect women better and meaningfully hold perpetrators accountable.
These three approaches are equally required: prevention, protection and prosecution.
If we do this, we will ultimately create a more equal and secure society for all, both men and women.
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