My heart hurts for humanity today. What sort of a world is it in which we live where walking a mere 450 metres to the safety of your home can no longer be guaranteed?
When I think back to the crazy, hazy days of my youth, I shudder. Stumbling home alone after a few drinks was something that occurred regularly. It's because you feel invincible. And rightly so. Why should your personal safety feel threatened when you are a good person, whose only crime has been to enjoy a few drinks with friends after a long working week?
That is why being greeted by the news this morning that Jill Meagher had been found slain, after her abduction and rape on the Friday night just gone, is haunting me. She, like countless other revellers that night - or on any given night - was merely exercising her right to a well earned drink with friends after work. Where is the humanity in stripping someone of such a simple right in such a sickening way? Where is the humanity in thinking you have the right to reef it away from someone so innocent, so young, with so much life still to live?
We should not have to share a world with such depraved monsters. We should be safe.
So like the countless others who are in mourning for a woman they only knew through the media, but feel connected to her because of the outrage and horror you feel at this tragedy, I join in and say Rest in Peace Jill Meagher. May that beautiful smile still radiate down from heaven and be a source of peace to your loved ones at such a tragic time.
And as for the sub-human piece of scum responsible... I also share the sentiments of a disgusted, shocked nation in demanding justice be swift and the full wrath of karma be felt for an eternity.