Rachelle Yeo was murdered July 16, 2012 by her ex-boyfriend. Her story is one of 1 billion – and rising.
Trigger Warning: This post deals with issues of domestic violence and may be triggering for survivors of abuse.
You may have read about Rachelle Yeo. She was murdered in 2012 by her ex-boyfriend, Paul Mulvihill, at her home in North Curl Curl, Sydney.
She was killed simply because she didn’t want to be with him anymore.
The death of Rachelle was a tragedy and an utter nightmare for her family. But her story is not uncommon.
With 7 billion people on the planet, more than one billion women and girls will experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime.
For so many women, that violence comes from people who should love and care for them the most – their partners.
Today is Valentine’s Day. A day we traditionally associate with romance. But this year, the world is standing up in an action to end violence against women. That campaign is called 1 Billion Rising.
This week, Mamamia spoke to Rachelle’s father Roger Yeo, and he shared with us the devastating story of his daughter’s death at the hands of her ex-partner.
In the video below, he delivers one of the most powerful speeches you will hear.
Roger Yeo will not be silenced. Nor should any of us.
“Don’t hide it. Don’t ignore it. Don’t believe it can’t happen to you or anyone you know”.
If you have experienced, or are at risk of domestic violence or sexual assault, you can receive help by calling 1800 RESPECT – 1800 737 732. If you, a child or anyone is in immediate danger please call the police on 000.