"Do what you need to do to allay her fear": The powerful message for the men of Melbourne.


The tragic death of 22-year-old Eurydice Dixon has undoubtedly struck a chord with the Australian public, prompting an outpouring on social media.

For some, the aspiring comedian’s rape and murder has launched questions on what we can do to ensure this never happens again.

For others, the tragedy has sparked conversations about victim blaming.

In an emotional segment on The Project last night, presenter Lisa Wilkinson said: “the best way to prevent this crime and keep all women safe isn’t by changing the behaviour of women but by changing the behaviour of men.”

A powerful message shared on Twitter last night has revealed the small way men can make women feel safer on the streets at night.

Shared by human rights lawyer Jessie Taylor, the tweet said: “MEN OF MELBOURNE: Women are feeling particularly on edge tonight. If you find yourself in a space / situation where a woman might be wondering if you’ll harm her, JUST LEAVE. Turn around. Walk the other way. Cross the road. Do what you need to do to allay her fear. Leave her be.”

Women and men alike commended Taylor’s advice for men.



The tweet also made it clear that it’s a question some men have asked before – if I’m walking on a dark street near a woman, how can I let her know that I’m not a threat?



It’s a small sentiment. But it’s one that can make a world of difference.