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Degradations: the media

‘But when the media reported the case, all they talked about was how Yvette had a drinking problem and a history of drug use, that her house was messy and that her kids lived in squalor.

They reported this as if squalor and drug abuse is what killed this woman rather than a man making a decision to kill her. The reports made it seem she was responsible for her own death.’

Celeste Liddle on the case of Adeline Yvette Wilson-Rigney

‘The media has been referring to her death as the result of a sex act or a threesome gone wrong, but how can someone obtain so many traumatic injuries to her body that she ends up dead through such an act.’

Celeste Liddle on the case of Lynette Daley, ‘The fight for justice for Aboriginal women’, 2017


Media headlines represented Lynette Daley as a ‘drunk’ and as a bad mother who was sexually deviant and therefore in part responsible for what happened to her. A narrative was constructed of Lynette falling into the wrong crowd during her teens, starting to take drugs, drinking alcohol and spiraling out of control. There was little or no acknowledgement of the role that male violence played in the struggles that she faced. Her intoxication was not only referenced by Adrian Attwater and Paul Maris as the reason for their initial triple zero call – a misrepresentation of their own roles in her death – but it was referenced by journalists as a means of victim-blaming. The narrative of Lynette Daley as drunken and deviant detracted from the fact that two men exploited her vulnerability and raped her, with fatal consequences.



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