Friday, August 28, 2009

So much denial

There is a crazy amount of denial leading up to this woman becoming a victim.
The victim, who did not want to be identified, said the man followed her into her secure apartment building and then down the hallway.

"I go to the right side of the hallway to let him pass and all of the sudden I can feel his presence," she said.

She said he then grabbed her and said something gross before she said, "No," and safely got to her apartment. She said he then left the building and took off in his car.

Mistakes made:

1. She let a stranger through the secured door with her. This completely defeats the purpose of having a secured door. This is a bad idea. Don't do it.
2. She didn't confront him when she first noticed she was being followed. Odds are good that almost any question or confrontation would have made him back off.
3. She went towards her apartment. If you are being followed by a possible psychotic, don't go home.

Make safe mistakes. "I'm sure nothing will happen to me" is NOT a defense mechanism. Neither is "I hope the crazy guy who's following me doesn't want to hurt me."

It is ok to be rude. Anybody who isn't planning to hurt you will understand in a situation like this.

If you know this guy, call the police and get him locked up:

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