People Are Furious About Victoria Police’s Shitty Response To The Death Of Eurydice Dixon
"Women don't need to change their behaviour. Men do."
“Women don’t need to change their behaviour. Men do.” That was the message that Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews sent today in response to the death of aspiring Melbourne comedian Eurydice Dixon.
The premier wrote a heartfelt post on Facebook this afternoon, saying that the behaviour of men needed to change when “one woman in this country dies every week”.
Here’s the full post:
Andrews’ response may have been spurned on by the backlash Victoria Police had received for their response to Dixon’s death. The day after Eurydice Dixon as sexually assaulted and murdered on her way home from a comedy routine, a homicide detective said this:
“My message is that people need to be aware of their own personal security and just be mindful of their surroundings.”
Another policeman echoed that sentiment:
“This is an area of high community activity,” said local superintendent David Clayton. “So just make sure you have situational awareness, that you’re aware of your surroundings. If you’ve got a mobile phone carry it and if you’ve got any concerns, call police.”
Because women being murdered is definitely the fault of… women themselves. Yep, that makes sense.
When young men are tragically killed in one punch attacks an entire city has it’s nightlife shut down indefinitely. When a young woman is brutally raped and murdered women are told to ‘take responsibility for their own safety’.
— Elly Baxter (@ellybaxterpr) 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
Others argued that Dixon herself had been abiding by the police’s advice, and was still allegedly murdered.
Eurydice Dixon texted her friend that she was almost home safe because that’s what women do – women are instructed to own their personal safety, while society ignores the actual problem: that women are constantly attacked by people they know or strangers.
— Amy Gray (@_AmyGray_) June 14, 2018
Wow. Just a few hundred metres from home, Eurydice Dixon sent a text to a friend: “I’m almost home safe, HBU”
Despite knowing this, police had the gall to tell women to have “situational awareness”, carry a phone and let people know where we are? https://t.co/aJo78Con95
— Jenny Noyes (@jennynoise) June 14, 2018
If only there was someone else police could ask to change their behaviour. Men, perhaps?
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 SWEAR TO GOD I WILL TAKE A BIG LACTOSEY SHIT IN THE MOUTHS OF THOSE WHO KEEP BLAMING WOMEN FOR WALKING ALONE AT NIGHT RATHER THAN EDUCATING MEN TO NOT RAPE AND KILL WOMEN.
— Michelle Law ? (@ms_michellelaw) June 14, 2018