My heartfelt condolences to Eurydice Dixon’s father, brother, family, friends and her boyfriend who was waiting on the other end of the phone after her text saying she is nearly home safe.
The rape and murder of Eurydice has been the most horrific news this week, and I have tried to take it all in at the senseless waste of the life that Eurydice had before her. Many years I walked through Melbourne to my car from gigs at midnight, 2 in the morning, 4 in the morning… By myself, scared of any footsteps I heard, but full of a sense of fearlessness because I was holding my mic stand with the base upwards in readiness to retaliate. The difference was I wasn’t followed, I was safe and 90% of the time l knew it was my own thoughts and fear that were purely the source of my worry.
WE should not be feeling that we can’t walk home after work, after a gig, after dinner with friends, or just get from our transport to our home.
Not too long ago we were angry, bewildered and utterly saddened by the very similar circumstances surrounding the death of Jill Meaghar, who was walking home from dinner and never made it home. We were deeply outraged, held a vigil and walk in support and protest, and now here we are again. Please join the candlelight vigil on Monday night at Princes Park, Carlton for Eurydice Dixon.
Be saddened, be there with love and respect, but when you leave really think about what has happened. Be angry, be loud, and most of all do not accept it is because we live in a different world of anger and disrespect to women.
How dare the police Superintendent – in his first statement on this crime – be that we should have “situational awareness (and be) aware of your surroundings.“
You think women aren’t afraid when they are in the dark? When they walk to their car? When they are in their own homes? I think women are more than aware when they are alone, and are hyper conscious of making sure they are “aware of their surroundings”.
You want us to stay home after dark? Have curfews because violent, opportunistic men cannot control themselves? This is not right, and we must be vocal about it.
Our new Lord Mayor Sandy Capp is outraged by this, and shared the message,
“Every woman, every person, has the right to move around our city whenever and wherever they like and feel safe. My thoughts are with the family and friends of Eurydice Dixon, a young woman so full of life, who deserved to get home safely. Your loss is Melbourne’s loss”.
I hope you are here to make a difference, and meeting with the head of police to address this, and you will be vocal and vigilant in making changes for the safety of our city and in the face of the senseless violence we, as women, are told to “take responsibility” against.
There must be change, and change can only happen when the issues at the root of this violence are addressed, and changes are made to the consequences for the perpetrators of these crimes, rather than women being told to take responsibility.
Eurydice, you should not have been a victim, you should be here in this world making people happy with your humour, and most of all your life should not have been extinguished as a consequence of walking home.
Deepest sympathies, Shaynna Blaze.