Australian women are sharing heartbreaking and angry stories of the dangers they face while walking alone or using public transport, in the wake of th
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.
I will not raise my girls in a world where travelling home at night is deemed “risky” behaviour. Women have the right to move freely in this country. Freedom is a right not a privilege.
— PatriciaKarvelas (@PatsKarvelas) June 14, 2018
I was recently trail running alone (normally with male friend) & I looked back at every man I passed. I had my 📱& housemate knew where I was. Yet I felt unsafe. I don’t want to just feel safe when outside alone. I want to be safe. Today my thoughts were with Eurydice Dixon ❤️
— Karina Natt (@Karina_Natt) June 14, 2018
This is the world we live in. Where women routinely text their friends their cab driver's details. You know, just in case we get raped and murdered. We are brought up to believe that that is a very real possibility whenever we leave the house.
And men wonder why we're mad. https://t.co/hHxLRYSc1T
— Jenna Guillaume (@JennaGuillaume) June 14, 2018
When we hear that young women are raped and murdered while walking home at night, it shakes the rest of us to our core. Not because it’s unthinkable but because it reaffirms what we’re scared of *all the time*.
This is heartbreaking. I love this photo. https://t.co/J408Mh3nzO
— Sally Rugg 🏳️🌈 (@sallyrugg) June 14, 2018
I walk, ride & catch PT at all hours, so often I'm asked "aren't you scared? Be careful."
Sometimes I have to remind myself I'm doing nothing wrong – I'm just trying to get home. A woman being attacked is on the attacker, not on her. Fuck anyone who says otherwise. https://t.co/qJ8mHqSH21
— Kaitlyn Offer (@KaitlynOffer) June 14, 2018
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.
When I was a 22 year old comedian, I constantly walked home alone from gigs in the middle of the night because I couldn't afford tram fare, let alone taxis. Should we allow murderous rapists and poverty to ensure we're locked inside for our entire lives? https://t.co/d7dKoafCKt
— Meshel Laurie (@Meshel_Laurie) June 14, 2018
My first stand up set when I was the same age as Eurydice Dixon, was about being afraid walking home at night. Making jokes about it was a way to feel slightly empowered instead of small and frightened. Mourning for this young comedian who was entitled to feel safe.
— Alex Lee (@alex_c_lee) June 14, 2018
Rest in peace Eurydice Dixon. Senselessly killed in my neighbourhood – one I love so much. Every woman should be safe walking home alone at any time of day or night. Senseless and heartbreaking. Sending love to her family and friends.
— ash london (@ash_london) June 14, 2018
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.
What's shitting me about this "be careful" debate is that there's actually no safe place to be a woman. Considering the most unsafe place for us is in our homes, with our partners, calls to "be careful" are pretty much useless. They don't stop violence against women.
— Shalailah Medhora (@shalailah) June 14, 2018
1. Some thoughts. It was not a lack of ‘situational awareness’ that ended the life of Eurydice Dixon – it was a person who made a conscious choice to exercise extreme violence against her. #eurydicedixon
— Clementine Ford (@clementine_ford) June 14, 2018
Imagine if every time there was a school shooting police urged parents to home school their kids instead? Or if after Martin place cops urged ppl 2 work from home and avoid cafes? Yet every time a woman is raped or murdered cops tell women, not perps, to modify behaviour.
— Nina Funnell (@ninafunnell) June 14, 2018
I've been assaulted while carrying my phone. Police get to carry mace, gun, and batons to protect themselves from perps. Considering the largest cause of death of women my age is violence committed by men, what other ways should women consider adopting to protect our lives? https://t.co/qXnLRxHinn
— Asher Wolf (@Asher_Wolf) June 14, 2018
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.
Wouldn’t it be great if men stopped murdering women?
And wouldn’t it be great if the cops stopped telling women to be more careful, as if we don’t already walk home with our keys between our fingers?
Wouldn’t it be great to feel safe?
— Jules LeFevre (@jules_lefevre) June 14, 2018
I’m heartbroken for Eurydice Dixon.
And I’m ENRAGED that the police went to HER actions, first.
Do you know how many taxi refusals I’ve had for a short trip? Uber cancellations over and over in the city?
Don’t blame the female. Blame her rapist and murderer. #RespectWomen
— Joanne Cleary (@politijo) June 14, 2018
Fuck, I'm so sorry for Eurydice Dixon's family and friends, and for every woman who is newly justified in her fear, and for all the women who will be afraid in future because nothing is changing, and for Eurydice.
— anna s-r (@annaspargoryan) June 14, 2018
we deserve to walk in parks in fucking peace
— jini maxwell (@astroblob) June 14, 2018
I know it seems a bit weird to say "we should educate men not to rape and murder women!" but honestly, what are counter-terrorism intervention programs about? That's what we need to stop misogynist terror. Not telling already hyper-vigilant women to be more so.
— Jenny Noyes (@jennynoise) June 14, 2018