On Sunday a beautiful young woman died a horrible death
and her badly damaged body was found on the banks of the Rakaia River.
I do not know her at all.
But I do know that Renee was a daughter, a sister, a friend.
A girl who had a lot of life to live
and who was busy trying to balance what she wanted from life
and how to get there.
She did not deserve to die.
But the thing that is making me very angry right now,
is that the media is only remembering her
by what they think her day-job was.
That is the only identification they are giving.
Her job was not illegal,
it is a hard, sad job, the oldest profession in the world
and there are many reasons that people work it.
Let's not judge Renee for her work
Let's not make a call about how she died,
It is this judgemental attitude which allows
the perpetration of violence to continue.
Why don't we stop it right now,
and remember a beautiful life which was taken with violently
rather than identify and judge someone for something
they definitely would not have chosen as a life path.
Renee is not just Renee-the sex worker,
she is Renee the person just beginning her life.