Jill Meagher’s husband speaks out about his wife’s killer and violence against women

The husband of the late Jill Meagher has broken his silence about his wife’s death, penning a powerful article for the White Ribbon Campaign.

Jill Meagher’s husband speaks out about his wife’s killer and violence against women

Both moving and hard-hitting, Tom Meagher gives his views on men who perpetrate violence against women. He talks about "ingrained sexism" and the "monster myth" surrounding the men who commit atrocious crimes.

Jill Meagher had been walking near the Brunswick bar in Melbourne, Australia when she was raped, murdered, and dumped out of town.

The brutal crime drew widespread public outrage and led to majopr reforms in the justice system.

In his article, Mr Meagher recalls the first time he heard the words of Adrian Bayley, the man who killed his wife, and tells of his disturbing courtroom confrontation with him.

"I froze because I’d been socialised to believe that men who rape are jabbering madmen", he writes.

"It was chilling. I had formed an image that this man was not human, that he existed as a singular force of pure evil who somehow emerged from the ether".

Click here to view the full essay on the White Ribbon Blog.

*Mr Meagher has written the piece in support of the White Ribbon Campaign - the world’s largest men’s organisation dedicated to combating harmful social norms that perpetuate men’s violence against women.

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