|This page provides a forum for the editor of WPSN to address various topics related directly or
indirectly to women's personal safety. The topics may vary widely across the spectrum of crime
prevention. Since readers are encouraged to submit related comments or experiences that could
be of benefit to other readers, the opinions may not always agree with your own thoughts or
ideas, or even those of the editor of WPSN. Your comments in response are welcome. As this
column develops, it will be interesting to see the direction it will ultimately go. As editor, I am
looking forward to your comments.
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|the studio. She is quoted as saying "I have been in far worse situations." According to the article about this incident, which
appeared in The Reliable Source in the "Washington Post," December 19, 2008, co-anchor Joe Scarborough seemed more upset
than Ms. Brzezinski. Actually, the paper quoted him as saying "I am furious!"
What is utterly amazing is that there is no mention in the article of the perilous situation in which Ms. Brzezinski placed herself.
There is no discussion of why she was out in the dark, "just five feet from the door!" as Mr. Scarborough says. Why was she not
serious situations before? Then why was she not more careful?
I'm not blaming the victim for being mugged, but I am blaming her for taking such an unnecessary risk with her life and wellbeing.
I'm blaming the hotel for not ensuring the safety for a guest who must stand outside their door to get her ride. I'm blaming the
mugger for everything else!
Women place themselves in these kinds of situation all the time; but, fortunately, all situations do not have a dangerous outcome.
But why take the risk? Jogging alone with ear buds in their ears. Walking alone late at night. Accepting rides with people they
barely know or may not know at all. The examples could go on and on.
I do not advocate unjustified fear nor do I want to cause women to worry every time they go out. But, come on, ladies, have a care. I
do expect women to take their safety more seriously and become more active in preserving it. What happened to Ms. Brzezinski
could have been considerably worse.
It's not going to happen to me or in my neighborhood -- until it does! That is what we thought in a wonderful sleepy town in Anne
Arundel County, Maryland. But a women was attacked, beaten beyond recognition, raped, and murdered -- at 10:30 on a beautiful
Sunday morning, while simply going about her day. The point? It can happen anywhere to anyone at any time. Be smart.
Freedom to go about your life and do the things you enjoy comes from taking the precautions to feel safe and be safe. Nothing is a
guarantee against victimization, but why not reduce your risk?
SO, PLEASE, THINK BEFORE PUTTING YOURSELF AT POTENTIAL RISK.