Be Careful Out There

Posted on June 14, 2010

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Saturday morning, my wife’s text message alert started going off like crazy. She left for work while I was walking the dogs in Grandview Park. When she came home, she told me a story.

Friday night, two of her co-workers, both women in their 20s, were together at one of their apartments in the South Puget Sound area. One of the young women went to get something out of her car…

…and disappeared. When it was obvious that something was wrong, the other woman and a friend went looking for the missing girl. They didn’t see any sign of foul play, but they didn’t find her either. After they looked around for awhile and called the missing girl’s name, they called the police.

After the police arrived, the missing girl returned. One side of her face was badly beaten and her clothes were ripped up. She thought she’d be gone maybe fifteen minutes, but she’d been missing for hours when she woke up in a ditch with no memory of what happened. Although the police advised her to undergo a rape test, she refused.

Folks, there are wolves out there. Be careful. If it can happen to someone you know, it can happen to you, too.

Keep your eyes open. Stay alert to your surroundings. Turn down your MP3 player, or take it off if you’re not in a secure area. Don’t flash your money or values. Ask someone to wait with you for your ride, or to walk you to your vehicle. Gentlemen, volunteer to wait or walk with co-workers. Regardless of gender, there’s safety in numbers.

Let’s be careful out there.

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