In lieu of the recent Washington Post story: http://bit.ly/1zsXBZ regarding the Virginia Tech. gunmen’s medical records, it would seem as though we cannot depend on short staffed college counseling departments to ferret out those among us with the potential to cause such grievous harm to us and our loved ones. So who can we depend on to protect our safety on campus, the campus police/security, the local police department? The answer to the question can be found by looking in the mirror. Yeah, that’s right YOU! You need to familiarize yourself with those around you. How else will you know when something or someone isn’t quite right? We all need to improve our awareness of our surroundings, both the physical aspects, such as where the emergency exits are located, to who is walking in the room, whether it is a classroom, a lecture hall or, the entrance to your dorm. We need to take more responsibility for our own safety and not expect others to do it for us.
Imagine walking down the street with 5 twenty dollar bills fanned out in your hands and you are looking at the money and not paying any attention to what is going on around you. That is what you look like to a predator when you are have your head down texting. They may only grab your phone and run, or they may hit you first before taking your phone.
Whether you are a young woman heading to college for the first time or the last, the possibility of being sexually assaulted during your college career should be taken seriously.
At around 4 p.m., three 11-year-old girls told police they were approached by a man driving a black SUV in the parking lot of a grocery store in the 400-block of North Farnsworth Avenue. They said the man opened the vehicle’s door and told them to “come here.” When they refused and began to walk […]