Letter to Herald Sun Blog by
Leader/ Organiser Jill Meagher March
The Rise of Hyper-vigilantism: On the Road to Nowhere.
According to the NSW Rape Crisis centre, only 1% of sexual assaults are committed by strangers.
Hyper-vigilantes have weakened our community by turning on other citizens without due process.
Even Jill Meagher March Organiser/ Leader, Philip Werner, told the Herald Sun
"perhaps a conversation with me might have been in order before assassinating my character."
Hyper-vigilantism does not contribute to a "peaceful and just society" Mr Werner.
No wrong-doing is exactly that.
Wasting time and effort intimidating law-abiding people
does not address Crime!
nor is it Crime Prevention!
Citizens must advocate to authorities for community safety outcomes.
"Just so you know, I don't like the look of him, I thought you should know"
is not a community safety nor national security issue.
There ought be onus on citizens to be genuine in complaints.
Tens of thousands of people have RALLIED in inner to mourn Jill Meagher, grieving her horrific death, and urging harmony and an end to violence in the community…
Philip Werner here about whom you wrote this.I just read your blog post and I wonder if you read this one of mine? It explains where I’m coming from and what my motivations are.
All the women I have ever photographed in the Shibari bondage work have been friends and have done so willingly. Adults should be allowed to express their sensuality and sexuality without judgement so long as no one is hurt.
For you to compare one of my clay photos to a woman having been dug out of a grave is incredibly offensive and insensitive in this situation. Honestly I think that will offend more people than my photos will.I really have the sense that your intention is to incite strong reactions and divide people, rather than contribute to a peaceful and just society for which the march was intended.
I totally respect your right to try and expose people who in your view are doing the wrong thing, but a little more research, and perhaps a conversation with me might have been in order before assassinating my character.