Yes, women should have the right to feel safe walking the streets at night, but that's not realistic

Yes, women should have the right to feel safe walking the streets at night, but that's not realistic

The rape and murder of upcoming Australian comedian Eurydice Dixon, 22, has generated a heated conversation about whether women should be able to walk the streets at night.

And of course the answer is YES.

Everyone SHOULD be able to walk the streets of our cities and feel safe BUT the horrible reality is not everyone in our society plays by the same rules.  If they did, we wouldn’t need jails.

News.com.au reports Ms Dixon performed a comedy gig at the Highlander Bar in the Melbourne CBD on Tuesday night before leaving shortly after 10pm.

Her body was found by a passer-by less than five hours later in the middle of a soccer pitch between Royal Parade and Princes Park Drive at Carlton North.

Police have charged a 19-year-old man with her rape and murder, after he handed himself in.

Homicide Squad Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper told the media, “My message is that people need to be aware of their own personal security. That’s everywhere. If people have any concerns at any time, call triple-0. We would much rather have too many calls than two few.”

His comments have infuriated some twitter users who say it’s a form of victim blaming.

I have so much sympathy for this train of thought, but even as a man walking the streets at night I don’t always feel safe. There are degenerates out there who don’t play by the rules.  People who listen to our podcast, Monsters Who Murder: Serial Killer Confessions certainly know that’s true.  Just like no-one expects to be raped or murdered, no-one expects to become the victim of a serial killer, but it happens.

There has to be an understanding of what we want from a society and the realities… and unfortunately the reality is we should all be vigilant when out and about.

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