Hundreds of people turned out at a candlelight vigil in Elder Park to remember Eurydice Dixon. Picture: Matt Turner
Hundreds of people turned out at a candlelight vigil in Elder Park to remember Eurydice Dixon. Picture: Matt Turner

Women told: ‘Don’t walk at night’

COLUMNIST Miranda Devine says it is "completely unrealistic" to suggest predators will chnage their behaviour or that toxic masculinity was to blame for the murder of Melbourne comedian Eurydice Dixon.

The News Corp commentator appeared on the Today show where she said predators would not pay attention to public warnings and will continue to offend despite the outrage over the death of the Ms Dixon last week.

"Are really abhorrent creatures, predators going to pay any attention to these public warnings? "The fact is you have to accept the world as it is, the world is not a perfect place and you have to understand that there are predators around and you need to take precautions."

Ms Dixon was walking home from her comedy gig at the Highlander Bar in the Melbourne CBD about 10.40pm last Tuesday. Her body was found less than a kilometre from her home.

Ms Dixon's death was met by an outpouring of grief and anger from Australian women who live every day with the fear the same thing could happen to them.

Many took offence at a police warning for women to be responsible for their safety, suggesting it was men who needed to change not women.

Ms Devine today said that young women should use commonsense and "don't walk across a dark path at night".

"This poor young woman, it's not her fault, she is the blameless victim, but it is just prudent common sense to say to young women don't walk across a dark park at night," Ms Devine said.

"If you actually care about women, you give them those warnings, you don't lull them into a false sense of security because the world is a dangerous place, there are predators and you need to be aware of it."

Jaymes Todd, 19, has been charged with Ms Dixon's rape and murder. He briefly appeared before the Melbourne Magistrates' Court last week and was remanded in custody ahead of his next court appearance in October.

Sally Rugg, executive director of change.org, wrote on Thursday that women are scared "all the time".

"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*."

She told news.com.au there's a big problem with urging women to take responsibility for their safety in the wake of violent crimes.



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