Stop. Just stop listening to feminist and gay rhetoric regarding our right to safely walk at night, enjoy a night out. It is garbage. It is dangerous garbage. Telling little boys to treat women and members of the gay community with respect, is not going to change a thing. There are predators out there and a picket sign, a Slut Walk, is not going to alter this simple fact.
We may believe we have the right to safety, but predators take full advantage of that belief. How many times do you see people out, alone, for an evening walk, a run, wearing ear buds? Unable to hear if anyone is behind them; looking ahead, unaware if someone is hiding in the vicinity, unaware that a vehicle is following them.
Take a look at these guys, a good look; none of them “look like” monsters but they are among the worst of the worst.
Abduction, torture, rape, mutilation and murder.
This applies to boys and men as well; be aware of your surroundings. Never leave an area without sending a message to someone. Make sure your locating apps are running on your cell.
The photos, below, are of predators who preyed on boys and men; Gacy, Dahmer, MacArthur, Magnotta.
Torture, rape and murder are not a gender issue.
They all look like the folks in our neighbourhood.
Psychopaths do not look different, they don’t “act” differently, they are, virtually, unidentifiable from you or me.
Sometimes, two psychopaths meet and the result is devastating for all of us, as in the above – Bernardo and Homolka (aka Teal) and the Wests.
There is no 100% protection from these monsters but there are ways to lessen their opportunities;
- Never leave your food or drink unattended. NEVER. If you get up to go to the washroom, to dance, to grab a smoke outside, take your drink or order a fresh one, on your return.
- If you are walking the dog, running or on your way to the store – do not wear ear buds. Be aware of your surroundings, 360 deg. Aware.
- Always note vehicles in your vicinity. If you get a tingle in your Spidey sense? Cross the street, walk in the opposite direction; go into local business, call someone. Get out of the area, quickly.
- When you get in your car, lock the doors, IMMEDIATELY. Don’t open your damn window if someone taps on it. Never get out of your car, at the request of a stranger. No, you didn’t drop $20 bucks. If your tire is flat? Use your cell phone, from inside your car, to call someone. Another ruse is to tell you that your car is leaking a fluid; great – turn your car on and drive to the nearest service station to have it verified.
- Don’t let strangers in your house; for any reason. If the cable, gas or power company has an issue? Make sure your door is locked and call the company. Do not allow “city employees” in your home. Make sure your door is locked and call the city. If you are alone, tell whoever is at your door, from behind your locked door, to come back. Ensure someone else is in your home for the next visit.
- Someone lose a pet or child? Call the police in the case of a child and animal control, in the case of a pet and get away from that individual.
- Tell your kids; adults DO NOT ask children for direction or for help. They just don’t. Tell them to run to the nearest house and ask for assistance.
Bottomline; always be aware of danger. Always be aware of your surroundings. Never allow yourself to be alone with someone you do not know or do not know well. Note vehicles in your area.
Carry a weapon, one that is easily accessible. My favourite is pepper spray. It is illegal. I don’t care. That pepper spray, probably, saved me from rape or worse, one night. Ask yourself, if someone attempts to assault you? What are the odds that they will go to the police to press charges?
Anecdote: I was walking home, a very residential neighbourhood, the whole white picket fence thing, from a local, neighbourhood pub. It was late, I was alone and I had high heels – those shoes make you easy pickings, by the way, running is not an option. I was not wearing earbuds, or earphones. I heard a vehicle behind me; it had stopped. I heard a door open and the next thing I knew I was being grabbed from behind.
I always keep my pepper spray, in my hand, when I’m out and alone. Always. The law be damned. If I am charged, then that means, I avoided an assault or worse. I’ll take the charges, thanks.
I managed to spray the guy. He dropped like a stone, I took my shoes off and ran like the devil.
Want a peek into the minds of psychos? He had a partner, in the vehicle; the partner yelled as I was running away, “What did the bitch do?”
So, I was to be assaulted, protected myself and I’m the bitch.
I got away. I was lucky, and I was aware of my surroundings.
Don’t be a victim. Be aware. Trust no one. This is your life, you are protecting.