One clear-skied night, I was parked outside Walmart waiting on a friend. A man was passing and passing fairly close to my car (facing me so I could watch him). I Clutched the automatic lock button on my door and I wanted to click it sooo badly, but I knew how loud that lock button on my car was. He would hear it, I didn’t want him to think I was prejudiced or discriminatory, but he was coming too close and I’ve heard too many stories. He passed and when I felt he was a good distance away I clicked the lock button, but from my rear-view mirror I know that he still heard it because I saw him look back.
I’m sorry sir, it’s nothing personal but I’m a young lady alone parked in my car at night, I come first. Next time, I won’t wait until the stranger passes to hit lock.
In this sad, sad world I worry about the gentleman who’s keys I can hear jingling in his pocket just behind me because we’re parked in the same area of the Walmart parking lot. I worry about the one who pulls up a bit too close to me at the gas pump and contemplates to himself whether I would feel weird about him giving me a hand. I worry about the one who’s footprints and thumps echoes in my ear on campus because he’s coming from a late class and just trying to get home to his wife and child. In this sad sad world, everyone is guilty until proven innocent because my life is worth the all the worrying and cautiousness I can fathom. You should worry too.
I know what you’re thinking, but I worry about the females too. Sex trafficking and kidnapping is not confined to one gender so I do not dismiss the worry just because it’s a female approaching me to ask for directions. I worry about her too.
I have a friend that I met while in my freshman year of college. He liked to follow up conversations sometimes by saying “Ya heard me, but was you listening?”
We hear about situations every day, but we never really listen until we feel them. Young women are being abducted for the body parts they were born with to never be seen again. Okay, maybe the urgency isn’t as transparent to others as it is to me. I’ll rephrase. This is 2020, we are in the age of technology where you can’t walk down the street without appearing on several different cameras. We are in the age of social media where it takes one second for a message to be circulated around the world, let alone one country. STILL, young ladies are disappearing never to be found again.
Now that’s not scary, it is absolutely terrifying.
It means that the network of people responsible for the sex trafficking groups have become clever; more clever than ever before. Data has shown that once abducted, it is not likely that the person will ever be found alive by law enforcement. This means then that we have to protect ourselves while we’re going about our days.