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'It is common sense not to walk across a dark park at night': Commentator slams feminists for expecting 'male predators' to change their behavior

June 18, 2018 2:45 AM
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A Today show commentator slammed feminists for expecting male predators to change their behaviour as Melbourne reels following the alleged murder and rape of a young comedian Eurydice Dixon as she walked home.

The Today show's Miranda Devine, who also writes a column for News Ltd papers, said women need to use their 'common sense' when they are in public to protect themselves.

'It is just prudent common sense to say to young women don't walk across a dark park at night,' Ms Devine told the Today show.

'It's completely unrealistic to say that men should change their toxic masculinity.

Divine said Ms Dixon was a 'blameless victim' after her body was found on a soccer field in Carlton North on Wednesday just metres from her home.

'I think if you actually care about women, give them those warnings, don't lull them into a false sense of security, because the world is a dangerous place,' Ms Devine said.

The comments come after the 22-year-old woman was found dead hours after she finished a comedy gig at Highlander Bar and decided to walk home from Melbourne's central business district.

The young woman's death sparked a controversial nation-wide discussion about men needing to change their actions instead of women.

A post written by journalist and feminist Jane Gilmore in 2015, which has been widely circulated this week, suggested there were little options available for women to stay safe in the community or at home.

'Women, if you want to be safe, stay at home. Except that you are more likely to be killed at home by someone who claims they love you, so don't stay at home,' Ms Gilmore wrote.

The message addressing violence against women was brought to light when Victoria Police told media women should 'take responsibility' for their own safety (memorial pictured)

'Make sure you don't have a boyfriend because he's the most likely person to kill you, but don't go out without your boyfriend because you need someone to protect you. Don't show too much skin or laugh too loud or dance too much, but come on love, give us a smile.

'Carry your keys and your phone at all times and make sure you run far enough to burn off all those calories but don't do it in public and for god's sake don't run in shorts, that's just asking for trouble.

Victoria Police also addressed the message of violence against women, where they told media women should 'take responsibility' for their own safety - echoing Devine's comments.

'Make sure you have situational awareness, that you're aware of your surroundings,' Local Superintendent Dave Clayton said Thursday.

After enjoying a Dr Pepper and protein bar, Ms Dixon blew a kiss to her boyfriend of four months and began the hour-long walk home.

The 22-year-old woman sent a text to her boyfriend before midnight saying she was 'almost home safe' but about three hours later the aspiring comedian was found dead.

Following the tragic death, the City of Melbourne, state government and police will meet on Monday to review safety measures across the capital city and through the park.

'This is a tragic reminder, if we needed any reminding, that violence against women is still a feature of contemporary Victorian society. We shouldn't settle for that,' Premier Daniel Andrews told media Sunday.

Thousands are expected to march in Princes Park, Melbourne, this evening against Ms Dixon's death which will be similar to the march held for Jill Meagher after she was raped and murdered in the nearby suburb of Brunswick in 2012.

Other vigils will be held in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart, Perth, Launceston and regional Victoria this week.


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