Really, the Provo river trail AGAIN?!
Okay friends. I’m so very glad this woman fought, and got away with minimal scratches and bruises. But let’s remember, there are just certain unsafe places, and places where a violent rape occurred in the last year are probably in that category.
So let’s take this story as a reminder that there is nothing important enough to risk your safety walking alone in an unsafe place. Yes it’s more inconvenient to grab a friend or a guy friend. But being with someone makes you less of a target to start with. If an offender is looking for a victim, will he choose the girl with someone when he could choose one that’s alone? If every girl commits to being the one who’s not alone, attackers will have a much harder job. That’s always a goal to work for.
And also, kudos to this woman for putting up a fight. I can’t draw too many conclusions because obviously it’s a different attacker and a different kind of assault from the one that occurred on the trail earlier this year. But I was told that in one case the victim tried to comply, and she was raped, and nearly killed. In this case, and one about a month ago in another part of Provo, the victims fought and escaped mostly unharmed. It’s time to start looking at connections and deciding which you will be.
I want you all to know I don’t blame the women who do suffer assault. Who knows every situation and how we would all behave. I just want us all to keep thinking critically about survival.