Comedian Eurydice Dixon was raped and murdered walking home from a show — and dozens of vigils have taken place all over Australia in honor her and the dozens of other Aussie women who have been killed by men this year.
Australian police released a statement on Dixon’s murder telling people to watch their surroundings.
“The message we would provide to all members of the community is to take responsibility for your safety,” stated Victoria Police Superintendent David Clayton. Make sure people know where you are, and if you’ve got a mobile phone carry it, and if you’ve got any concerns at all call police.”
In light of the statement, people online have been calling an end to victim blaming.
@therealembaker tweeted, “On a side note, advice like “be aware of your surrounds” is so moot and pointless as to be offensive. Women are aware of their surroundings their whole bloody lives, it doesn’t do sh*t to protect you from senseless, random violence, #eurydicedixon.”
@clementine_ford tweeted, “1. Some thoughts. It was not a lack of “situation awareness” that ended the life of Eurydice Dixon – it was a person who made a conscious choice to exercise extreme violence against her.”
Dixon was an up-and-coming comedian from Victoria, Australia. She was reportedly texting a friend here whereabouts before she was killed.