Is the world really a more dangerous place these days or do we just think so? In particular, does Alice Springs deserve its international reputation for violent crime?
In this episode of Centralian Yarns, we look back at the “Reclaim the Night” marches, started by women in England when the Yorkshire Ripper was at large. And we ask whether in 2012, here in Alice Springs, women need to reclaim the night again. Surprising statistics show that it’s perhaps men rather than women who should be afraid of walking the streets at night!

Broadcast: Tuesday 23rd October 2012 at 5.30pm on 8CCC Community Radio 102.1FM

Repeated: Friday 26th October at 9am and Sunday 28th October at 5.00pm

Producer:  Megg Kelham

References used to compile this program include:

John Condon, Gail Warman and Lauren Arnold: “The Health and Welfare of Territorians”, edited by Epidemiology Branch Territory Health Services, Darwin, 2001

Durnham, B e-newsletter citing Howard Bath, NT Children’s Commissioner, speaking at a Chronic Disease Prevention Conference in Darwin, September 2012

Higgins, Judy Putt and Karl: “Violence against Women in Australia: Key Research and Data Issues.” Australian Institute of Criminology, 1997

Graycar, Adam: “Crime in Twentieth-Century Australia”, (updated 2007), Australian Bureau of Statistics[email protected]/Lookup/4524A092E30E4486CA2569DE00256331

And finally, for another take on Reclaim the Night, have a look at cartoonist Judy Horacek’s theme for October