Why I’ve decided to continue going outside…

I’ve recently come to realise that the world is a dangerous place. At any given moment in time, be it at home, out with friends or just walking to the shop, I can be attacked. Even though it’s not very likely, I feel that the only course of action is to lock myself in my room, barricade the doors and windows and never leave the house. THE WORLD IS TOO DANGEROUS, ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG WOMEN!

Or so I’m lead to believe. Recently there have been reports of rape attempts in the Dublin suburb of Tallaght, it has been reported that the assailant used a rope in an attempt to tie up women he was attacking but was disturbed by passers-by and got away.

The local Sinn Fein TD Sean Crowe has urged people to be vigilant (what? but I was just about to walk down that deserted road at 1am listening to my iPod really loudly!) while Facebook is rife with what appears to be an ever-growing list of places where attacks have taken place in Tallaght.Crowe has said that “a number of women have been attacked in the Tallaght area” while in the Irish Times it has been stated that there was only one report of an attempted sexual assault in the Tallaght/Clondalkin area.

The Facebook updates which have been saturating my newsfeed are as follows: “Apparently there’s a lunatic out there attacking women in the Tallaght area. One attack was earlier today near Bohernabreena Cemetery and another this evening in Kingswood, in the park beside Newlands Cemetery. Luckily, both girls got away but he’s coming up behind them with a rope. Please don’t go out walking by yourself. Please repost.” Again, apparently there was only actually one incident and that was in the park beside Newland’s Cemetery.

Though such news is unlikely to cause mass hysteria, advice such as “don’t go out walking by yourself” is patronising and suggests that we should fear being next. To put things in perspective, Peter Sutcliffe, the infamous Yorkshire Ripper, murdered 13 women in Yorkshire, an area which had a population of over 2 million at time these attacks were taking place. 13 women. It’s certainly not a good thing, but it’s not going to send me running to the hills.

Being vigilant is one thing, but living in fear is another. Having seen an innumerable amount of posts on Facebook from people saying that they’re not going out walking on their own and also their family members insisting they get lifts everywhere instills the sense that you should be constantly watching your back, almost as though you should expect be attacked if you’re a young woman who happens to be out walking alone.

Staying out of isolated areas, being aware of your surroundings and making sure you have your mobile phone within easy reach are all good ways of staying vigilant, but believing that there’s imminent danger if you so much as put your shoe on the pavement isn’t healthy for anyone.

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  1. runningawayquickly
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 21:13:35

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  2. john
    Jun 03, 2011 @ 03:54:54

    i have heard in radio late talkshow about monday kingswood park attack,near newlands x cementery,sister of the attacked woman described it as serious attempt to strangle this young 27y old woman.she told as attacker put wire arround her sister’s neck and was trying to drag her into bushes nearby,but this woman had put up tremendous fight and managed to fight the attacker off,but after,this man used all his physical strenght trying to put the cable or wire back arround woman’s neck,but he wasn’t able to physicaly overpower his victim,as this woman was physicaly very strong,fit and she was jogger or runner and had extremly strong legs thanks to what she managed to put up extraordinary and very long fight for her life against this man armed with wire.it was told that very rough physical struggle took about 8minutes(which is very long time,if somebody constantly trying to kill you) which this woman managed to wrestle with man trying to strangle her with all his strenght.after he couldnt physicaly managed to overpower his victim,he started to beat her with fists into face.lot of woman,or even man would be death in same situation,as her sister described that fact.she practicaly survived only thanks to fact that she have very strong body.ended up with a lot of bruising,broke nose and cheek bone.hopefuly this animal will be caught soon,there should be no mercy over act this seriously vicious!first i have heard news i called my wife to dont go out with dog as she regularly does,however living far from dublin.

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  3. runningawayquickly
    Jun 03, 2011 @ 11:49:48

    Yes, I was listening to the FM104 phoneshow too. I seem to be getting a lot of traffic to my blog because of this post, so here are some more links which may be helpful:

    FM104 phoneshow discussion about these attacks: http://www.fm104.ie/music/podcasts-list.aspx?show_guid=394c34d9-79be-4b89-a0ba-7e184beb0a37

    Irish Times: Garda denies reports of serial attacker of women: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0603/1224298323913.html

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