by Michael Giles

IT’S a crime against every woman.
If you don’t know that, ask your wife, your girlfriend, your sister or your daughter.
It’s an assault, a physical assault on every woman, affecting their relationships, how they feel about their personal safety at all times day and night, whether or not they’ll even go out at night, and what precautions they’ll have to take if they do.
The murder of Phillip Island mother of three, Samantha Fraser, has hit the local community hard, obviously Sam’s family and friends hardest of all, but it has resonated particularly strongly with women, on the Island, in the Bass Coast area generally and within the wider community.
The incident says to them that they can’t be protected.
It’s a chilling admission for a community to have to make about itself.
Clearly, at the moment, it’s first things first and everyone is hoping the police can bring about a speedy resolution to the case.
And the community response, including its Facebook appeal and evening vigil last Saturday, has provided a light in a dark place.
We would encourage anyone with any details they may have, no matter how insignificant, to contact local police or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000. And we would also encourage you to support the ‘Sam Fraser’s Family’ appeal on Facebook or via the Cowes Medical Centre and Coles in Cowes.
But there has to be a fundamental change with the attitude of men to women and we all need to commit ourselves to that or these terrible crimes will go on, and just as bad; our sisters, daughters and partners will continue to live in fear.
For support for anyone impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence and abuse call 1800 RESPECT, 1800 737 732.