Thousands honour Eurydice Dixon in vigils across the country

Emotions ran high during a candle-lit march honouring Eurydice Dixon and other victims of violence as hundreds of Ballarat residents took part in one of 20 vigils held simultaneously across the country. Photo: Mark SmithThey came in their thousands to honour 22-year-old Eurydice Dixon, who is alleged to have been murdered.
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For Sarah Robinson, 21, the murder of Eurydice Dixon in Carlton’s Princes Park last week hit close to home.

Janet RobinsonBallarat march and vigil to remember Eurydice DixonPost by Ballarat march and vigil to remember Eurydice Dixon.

Bendigo vigil for Eurydice Dixon discusses women’s right to feel safe in public spacesOrganiser of the event in Bendigo, Stacey Dean, said it was important to reclaimthe public space following the alleged rape and murder of 22-year-old Eurydice Dixon in Carlton last week.

“Rosalind Park is a big, beautiful park in the middle of town and a lot of women don’t feel safe walking through here at nightin part because of sexualassaults that have occurred in this park,” she said.

Bendigo’s vigil on Monday night.

Ms Dean said she had never organised a community event like this before.

“Aswomen especially, we have been victims ourselves or know survivors of attacks like what Eurydice went through,” she said.

“The main driver for me was that we need to speak up about itand do things about it to make people aware.

“I thought it might have been me and a few friends. I wasn’t prepared to organise something of this scale but I’m glad people are coming out for it and show their support. It means a lot.”

Read more from Bendigo Bendigo’s vigil on Monday night.

Taking action against violence at Reclaim the Park solidarity vigilSupport, respect and a gentle resistance were felt at the Reclaim the Park solidarity vigil held for Melbourne women Eurydice Dixon following her rape and murder last week.

Alison Butcher organised the event to allow the community to make a stand.

“As a woman, you have a right to walk safely and not worry about, whether you have your car keys in your hand or if you can run in your shoes,” she said.

Read more from Devonport Devonport was one of the many vigils held across Australia to show solidarity against violence to women. Picture: Rebecca Morris

Silent vigil held in Launceston for Eurydice DixonOne week ago thename Eurydice Dixon would not likely have meant much to Tasmanians.

But on Monday night, thousands around the nation came together to celebrate her life after the comedian was killed in inner-city Melbournewhile walking home from a gig last week.

More than 100 people attended a candlelit vigil in Prince’s Square in Launceston. The vigil was organised by three local 18-year-olds and a 25-year-old formerly from Melbourne.

Read more from LauncestonWarrnambool pays tribute to Melbourne comedian Eurydice and Sydney woman Qi YuWarrnambool woman Esmae Gray joined a crowd of more than 50 paying tribute to Eurydice and Qi Yu on Monday night.

The former Melbourne woman wrapped in winter clothing, lita candle and left a hand-written note for herchildhood friend.

Ms Graysaid hearing the news of Ms Dixon’s murder had taken days for her to mentally process and she was horrified it had takenplace in such familiar territory.

“Rydi was my friend’s baby sister and we allwent to the same school,” she said.“I have walked that same park so many times myself.”

The silentvigil held at the city’s Civic Green was one ofdozens held across Australia.

Read more from WarrnamboolEurydice Dixon remembered at Wodonga reclaim the park eventReclaiming public spaces is about breakingthe public and internalised idea that a woman’s behaviour contributes to a murder, rape or assault, one survivor of rape told those gathered at Monday night’sReclaim the Park event in Wodonga.

Hundreds gathered for a candlelit vigil simultaneously held across the state in memory of Eurydice Dixon and in protest of victim-blaming culture.

The Wodonga event. Photo: Mark Jesser

Eurydicewas raped and murdered in Melbourne’s Princes Park on her way home last Monday.

Erin McCallum, 26, said rape and murder can happen at anytime of the day, with the majority of rapes and murders committednot by strangers in the dark, but by someone known.

She hoped people gainedunderstanding about the impact of victim-blaming through her speech.

“It happened to me in the day, in the middle of Wodonga, not at night in a dark creepy alley,” she said.

“Victim-blaming makes you become your own worst enemy, your inner dialogue is saying ‘you could have done this or that’

“But it wasn’t my fault. It wasn’t Eurydice’s fault. No one this hashappened to has it been their fault, we need to hold people accountable for their actions, not blame women.”

Read more from Albury-Wodonga The Wodonga event. Photo: Mark Jesser

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