A toddler awakens with a fever, so his mother drives to the store for a bottle of Children’s Motrin. It’s only 10pm and she lives in a well-regarded middle class neighborhood, so it’s not a big deal. Right?
According to the FBI Uniform Crime Report (UCR), violent crime in America has trended down 1.5% in the past five years. That’s good news, for sure. But what does it really mean for the average woman going about her daily life? There’s no argument that a reduction in violent crime is desirable. Fewer assaults, rapes, and murders is undeniably significant, but the UCR and other such metrics are statistics, trends, and percentages. For an individual going to work, the mall or a friend’s house, there is little direct correlation with such averages. For a woman, dangers and risks abound, and knowing that there’s been a 4.4% year-over-year reduction in violent crime the past two years does not amount to much when she’s at the wrong end of a sexual assault—or worse, murder. In short, criminals don’t read these reports. If a sexual predator sees a woman who interests him and he perceives that the risk for him is minimal because she is not taking steps to protect herself, she will be victimized.