I’ve been there: why most of us are just like Jill Meagher

by Anna Blanch on September 28, 2012

I’ve been there.

It’s only 5 (10, 15) minutes walk home.

I know the way.

I’ve walked it before this late.

“I know how to defend myself.”

I say this to convince them and myself; with false bravado.

Yet, I hold my keys threaded through my fingers, held in a loose fist the whole way just to be sure.

Really, it’s that i don’t want to feel like I need a male friend to walk me home. I don’t want to live in a place where I live in fear enough to guard against the possibilities of evil in the dark night.

But, yet, they are real.

It shakes you to the core when you realise you could have been/ could be just like Jill.

She did what I have done many times.


My thoughts and prayers are with Jill Meagher’s family and friends.

What happened to Jill strikes at the heart of the fear every woman deals with – weighing up the safety of walking the five minutes home with being attacked.

I want to live in a city (in a country) where it’s okay for women to walk home alone at night.

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  • Sall

    Reclaim the night. That’s why it started. That’s why we still do it. Every year in the last week of October.

  • Stephaniela81

    Anna I live in Melb & I as many other females I know are way to complacent about walking alone. This is a strong lesion learnt to me & others to I hope, I also work in a bad area of melb to very late at night (2-4am) I have to say will no longer be leaving by myself from now on! Thanx for your words Anna you are great with words I check in every now and again to just read your thoughts 🙂 have a great day Steph x

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