Vigils For Eurydice Dixon Across Australia Reflect Painful Reality For Women
The women of Australia know there is a major issue with our society. And they're telling us. They're screaming it at us.
Last night across the country, communities gathered to mourn the loss of Eurydice Dixon less than a week after she was brutally raped and murdered.
— Sarah Abo (@_SarahAbo) June 18, 2018
Thousands of people attended candlelit vigils and it was very clear that the collective grief was an overwhelming response of 'enough is enough.'
In the wake of her tragic death, tensions ran high as authorities adressed the public and rattled off the same pleas that women are all too used to hearing. "Be smart", "take precautionary measures" and "be responsible for your safety."
The woman murdered in a North Carlton park has been identified as Eurydice Dixon, a 22-year-old comedian who was on her way home from a show in the city, when she was attacked. #7News pic.twitter.com/jeAkfFIsIt
— 7 News Melbourne (@7NewsMelbourne) June 14, 2018
As 10,000 people attended Princes Park, the location where a 19-year-old man took Eurydice Dixon's life in a violent gendered attack, the public spoke loud and clear about wanting change.
31 women have been murdered in Australia this year in gendered attacks already, and yet we are still being told that it is our responsibility to take precautionary measures to protect ourselves.
Thousands of people gather for candlelit vigil at the Melbourne park where 22-year-old comedian #EurydiceDixon's body was found last week https://t.co/nZHDxYQ6si (Pics:AAP) @abcmelbourne pic.twitter.com/mJUsr6mcCF
— ABC News (@abcnews) June 18, 2018
Myself, my mother, my sisters and my friends already exercise unconcious precautions. No walking alone at night, keeping keys between fingers, letting people know where we are and yet these senseless attacks still happen.
At this point, the focus needs to shift, and it needs to happen now. Authorities need to stop asking women to change their behavior and take preventative measures through education, policy reform and community programmes.
Teach young boys and girls the importance of gender equality and encourage respectful relationships.
This HAS to happen to avoid another innocent life lost.