How should Australian communities respond to Eurydice Dixon’s murder?

In Greek mythology, Eurydice was an oak nymph or one of the daughters of Apollo. She was the wife of Orpheus, who tried to bring her back from the dead with his enchanting music. (Wikipedia)

Her’s was an exotic name, derived from Greek mythology.  Her death, however, was more appalling than any Greek tragedy, because it was all too true. She was just 22 years old.

Her body was found by a passer-by in Princes Park, North Carlton, at 3 am in the morning of Wednesday June 12, 2018. She had been raped and murdered walking home after performing a one-woman stand-up gig “At Hom”, at the Highlander Bar in Melbourne CBD. She was almost there!

Her attacker, 19 year old James Todd, who is alleged to have an autistic spectrum disorder, confessed to police the next day, and is being held in custody.

There has been a very public outpouring of grief and anger since, some ill-directed at police warnings about the dangers of women walking alone at night. The article below is a pertinent, well-written response to such criticism.

Where to direct your hate and hurt over Eurydice Dixon’s death
By Madonna King
20 June 2018 — 10:07am

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/where-to-direct-your-hate-and-hurt-over-eurydice-dixon-s-death-20180620-p4zmjm.html

It is one thing to assert that every woman should be able to safely walk the streets at any time of day or night; but quite another to guarantee that they can. Particularly in the early hours of the morning, or very late at night, when many of those wandering the streets are likely to be inebriated, or disturbed, and there are few awake to help anyone in distress.

May I offer a suggestion that could improve the safe return home of entertainers, staff, and customers without their own car, or unable to drive, and when cabs are not available or affordable?

Surely there is an obligation for pubs, clubs and bars that remain open past the hours of public transport, to provide safe transport, perhaps in the form of a curtesy bus. 

Of course party-goers with the assistance of their loved-ones, need always to take responsibility for their own actions, and to plan for a safe and timely return, before leaving home.

 

 

About Kenneth Robson

I studied at Adelaide Boys' High School, and the University of Adelaide, Medical School. graduating in 1961. My field of specialisation was Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Prior to establishing my practice in Adelaide, I spent 5 years working in India, and Papua-New Guinea, in the field of reconstructive surgery for leprosy. In retirement I joined the Australian Technical Analyst Association and passed the two examinations for a Diploma inTechnical Analysis, and the designation Certified Financial Technician (CFTe) by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.
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