You may have read about the arrest of a recently released rapist. If not, link is here, http://bit.ly/2xlvC5 this article says she didn’t hear her attacker coming up from behind her because she was listening to music with either headphones or ear buds. In other articles it mentions that he came up behind her while she was fumbling with her keys while entering the building. While we may not be able to thwart every attempt at an attack by being aware of what is going on around us, we can make it a lot harder for criminals like this guy to make you their victim. If you are walking alone please don’t wear headphones or ear buds no matter how safe the area is suppose to be. Have your key in your hand and ready to use, whether to unlock your door or to use as a weapon to defend yourself. This girl was stalked for blocks. The attacker had a plan in mind, the majority of them do. In many cases you can foul up those plans just by paying attention to your environment and seeing them before they act. In many cases just knowing that you saw them can be enough to deter an attack
“I just flew in from Arizona, I’m tired. I saw him walking into the courtyard when I was getting out of the cab. He was dressed normal and didn’t look suspicious. When he disappeared, I assumed he went into his apartment.”
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.
Awareness Pay attention to your environment. Don’t daydream. Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid ipods or similar devices that can prevent you from hearing someone approaching. Familiarity may breed carelessness. Just because it is familiar doesn’t mean it is safe. Walk in the middle of the sidewalk look for people hiding in doorways or parked […]