Friday 9 December 2016

Ireland is a safe place for women

Despite talk of an ‘epidemic’ of violence against females, we have one of the lowest murder rates for women in Europe, says Eilis O’Hanlon

Eilis O’Hanlon

Published 26/04/2015 | 02:30

Aftermath of a tragedy: Karen Buckley was not drunk and was an innocent, random victim of evil, but in our society murder is a freakishly rare event — which is what makes it so disturbing when it happens
Aftermath of a tragedy: Karen Buckley was not drunk and was an innocent, random victim of evil, but in our society murder is a freakishly rare event — which is what makes it so disturbing when it happens
A vigil for Karen in Glasgow after the discovery of her body

Just because the police ask householders to lock the doors before going out doesn’t mean that they’re making excuses for burglars.

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Just because the airport puts up posters asking passengers to keep an eye out for suspicious activity doesn’t mean that they’re on the side of the terrorists. If anyone dares suggest that women should take care when they go out drinking, however, it will immediately be said that they are letting rapists and other predators off the hook.

Why, it will be demanded, should women have to be careful when they go out for the night? They should be allowed to get as drunk as they like, go where they like, wear what they like, and behave as they like, without being attacked. As, of course, they should.

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