New Zealand’s “dark side” has been uncovered following the death of Grace Millane, according to the organiser of a vigil for the British backpacker.
Dr Siouxsie Wiles said Ms Millane’s death has highlighted worrying statistics about the experiences of women with domestic violence and that in New Zealand one in three women experience domestic violence.
“We hide a lot of our really dark side, this week our dark side has come up and I think what we need to show the world is that we’re not going to stand for it anymore,” she said.
Thousands are expected at a vigil on Wednesday evening at Federal St in Auckland Central to remember Ms Millane, who Dr Wiles said is one of the 13 to 14 women killed in Aotearoa each year.
The hashtag #herlightourlove continues to top New Zealand’s Twitter trending list, with members of the public sending their love to Ms Millane’s family on social media and looking for anyway to remember her.
Radio host Clint Roberts has taken to social media with an impassioned message to men to “stand up and make a difference” in the wake of Grace Millane’s killing.
Roberts’ message on Facebook is just the latest public display of emotion over Millane’s killing from a high-profile Kiwi. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern choked up while apologising to the 22-year-old’s family, while The Edge’s Megan Annear paid tearful tribute to Millane with powerful on-air letter.
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