Once again, we are struck with the depravity that can infest a human soul. The results shouldn’t shock us as we’ve seen so much evil, yet we still cry out in horror wondering how people can commit such horrible atrocities.
Murder, rape, and other serious violent crimes are hideous enough on their own. However, when perpetrated against the young, the elderly, those with handicaps, or others who are especially vulnerable, the emotions that result can be intolerable. If criminals are that utterly depraved, the only deterrent may be the removal of them from society permanently.
Imagine a woman spending a quiet time of reflection at the site of the grave of her mother-in-law. Then imagine three men attacking her, raping her, sodomizing her, and stealing her possessions, leaving her physically and emotionally wounded. Tragically, this is no imagined scenario. This happened in Baltimore.
Needing some time to reflect on her relationship with her husband, a woman went by herself to her mother-in-law’s gravesite.
Suddenly, she wasn’t alone anymore — three men appeared.
The men attacked the woman and stole her money and cellphone.
According to her husband, the attackers “[t]ook pictures of her buck naked. They also raped her and they sodomized her.”
“Police are searching for the men who did this, and they are turning to the public for help.”
There are a lot of things to be said here beyond the inhumanity and cowardice of the three animals who attacked this lady.
The most important point to be made attaches to this piece of information. “The attack took place on April 30 around 11:30 p.m. at the Voshell Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Baltimore, according to ABC2.”
What in the world was this woman doing in a cemetery at midnight? And alone, to top it off? And to make matters worse, in one of the most violent cities in America? In no way does it excuse what happened to her in the slightest, but to say she was using poor judgement is quite an understatement.
We’ll cut the details of the ongoing (at this time) search for the assailants, and get to the part that might help prevent a similar tragedy.
“The Women’s Self-Defense Institute suggests women take these safety precautions when they are alone in a public place:
- Always have a mentally rehearsed plan of action, such as what you would do, or where you would go in the event you were victimized in some way.
- Always be alert and aware of your surroundings. Walk with your head up while displaying a sense of confidence and purpose.
- Walk confidently, keeping aware of the people in front of you, behind you and to your sides.
- Always trust your instincts, if you feel something is wrong, act on your feelings.
- It is also a good idea to carry a personal alarm, whistle, key-chain baton, or pepper spray.”
We can add one more suggestion to women: Don’t go out at night by yourself unless it’s unavoidable. Some areas are obviously safer than others, but get busy and make some friends. You might be safe in the store, but parking lots offer numerous places for assailants to hide.
Refuse to be a victim.
Source: Independent Journal Review