I don’t know why we didn’t think of it before…
This morning, 31-year-old Melbourne man Sean Price faced the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court charged with the murder of teenager Masa Vukotic. Price is the man that police allege stabbed Masa on Tuesday evening while she was out for a walk — in daylight hours — less than 500 metres from her home.
The fault for Masa’s death lies solely with her murderer. It was a senseless act of random violence.
Even so, the public conversation on this issue insists on reflecting on what Masa could have done differently. What was she doing that made her a target? What precautions could she, should she have taken to stay alive?
Maybe she shouldn’t have been walking alone.
Maybe she shouldn’t have been wearing headphones.
Maybe she shouldn’t have had the audacity to leave her fucking house.
On Thursday, Victorian homicide squad chief Detective Inspector Mick Hughes told ABC Radio National that the attack highlighted the need for people, particularly women, to remain vigilant.
“I suggest to people, particularly females, they shouldn’t be alone in parks,” Inspector Hughes said.
“I’m sorry to say that is the case.”
At a later press conference he qualified the comments, insisting that the police were not victim-blaming.