LOUISE MILLIGAN: Today was obviously a really huge day for you. Justice Geoffrey Nettle has sentenced Adrian Bayley to life, but with a 35-year non-parole period. What’s your reaction to that? Do you think it’s enough?
TOM MEAGHER: I don’t think anything’s enough. I can’t think of a worse person than that man. And it wasn’t - I wasn’t expecting anything else. I wasn’t expecting the judge to hand down life without parole, simply because people had told me this wouldn’t happen. I certainly don’t think the sentence for rape charge was enough at all, given what this man has done in the past. I think that 15 years is a disgrace, considering the maximum penalty for rape is 25. And I don’t know what the maximum penalty is for if it’s not for that man. I don’t know who else could fit the bill of a maximum sentence for rape than Adrian Ernest Bayley.
Things that are creepy:
- Persistence after someone has said NO or STOP, or has made it clear they are not interested in your advances
- Invalidating someone’s “no”
- Only stopping your advances when somebody informs you they are taken (you are telling this person their “no” alone is not enough, which means you do not respect them)
- Asking “why” when somebody rejects your advances
- Asking “why not” when somebody refuses to give you their phone number