Women Are Angry After Eurydice Dixon's Murder, And Want To Be Safe
'We deserve to walk in parks in f-cking peace'
Australian women are sharing heartbreaking and angry stories of the dangers they face while walking alone or using public transport, in the wake of the horrific alleged murder of 22-year-old Eurydice Dixon in Melbourne.
Dixon, an aspiring comedian, was found dead at a park in the early hours of Wednesday morning. A 19-year-old man has been charged with her rape and murder. She had performed a stand-up gig on Tuesday night, and decided to walk home.
Following news of the circumstances of her death being made public, countless women spoke online of their sadness and anger at the alleged crime, as well as sharing their own stories of being made to feel unsafe or threatened at night.
Other female comedians and entertainment identities particularly mourned Dixon's death. She was remembered by those who knew her as a talented comic, with a promising career on the rise and a wicked sense of humour.
Many people directed anger toward a statement from Victoria Police, which warned women to "take responsibility for your safety", and gave safety advice including "make sure people know where you are and if you’ve got a mobile phone carry it".
Some said such messages were a form of victim-blaming, which shifted the onus onto a woman to avoid attacks rather than placing responsibility on attackers not to assault strangers.
Others still simply shared their frustration and sadness that such situations keep happening in Australia, with some seeing links to the brutal rape and murder of Jill Meagher in Melbourne in 2012.
A sad parallel was also noticed between Dixon's death and the lyrics of recent song released by Melbourne musician Courtney Barnett, 'Nameless, Faceless':