Spring break couldn’t have come at a better time this year—albeit late, it was extremely timely. Obviously, everyone needed some rest, but I think all of us needed a break from all the mishaps happening on campus. Before spring break, two incidents occurred involving girls on campus in unfortunate circumstances that led to a rape in one case and an almost kidnapping in another. What I don’t understand is why this keeps happening.
Let me be the first to say that boys or girls who are assaulted should never be faulted for those assaults. If never your fault if someone violates you, but there are ways that we can be more proactive for our own safety and take back control.
Now, the title says “girls” because these two instances involved girls, but guys should take heed and be more safe as well. So this article is for you, whoever you are, whatever sex you are.
I don’t understand why people on campus think we live in Mayberry. If you’re not familiar, Mayberry R.F.D is a friendly fictional community of wiley characters in Small Town USA, from the ’60s television show, “The Andy Griffith Show.” Now, in this town of Mayberry, everyone knew everyone and everyone was looking out for everybody else. There was no danger in this town—guys and gals could walk home alone from school, or from the ice cream and soda shop in the middle of the night, and make it home safe and sound. Everything was summertime and livin’ easy in this town.
Let me reiterate that we do not live there. Fayetteville is a great place, its a nice, pretty small, thriving town that continues to move forward. However, this is 2014, not 1960, and there are some things that we cannot do.
For example, if you’ve been at party, drinking, and you look at the clock and realize that it’s 3 a.m. in the morning, you should not walk home alone in some dark alley way behind buildings among tall bushes. You shouldn’t walk anywhere by yourself at 3 a.m. in the morning—it’s unsafe. Have you ever heard the saying, “The freaks come out at night”? Well, it’s very true.
If you find yourself in a predicament where you have no transportation, there are options. One of those options is Safe Ride, a free service for UA students. It will pick you up and take you to your designated address, according to your ISIS. If you’re not into that, you can call a cab. There are tons of cab services around Fayetteville that will pick you up, no problem.
So you have options. Don’t feel like you’re stuck and the only way to get home is to walk. If you do that, you may find yourself feeling really uneasy, or worse—in danger. I think there are certain situations that we can avoid by being proactive and taking control of our own safety.