How safe are you REALLY? Women’s safety has always been an issue, however, in the past few years, there has been an unfortunate uptick in the number of women who have either been raped, abducted or murdered, sometimes all 3, by people they know. People they know!
Authorities will tell you that stranger-on-stranger abductions are relatively rare and that, in most cases, there is some type of connection between the women and their assailant. Most of the time.
That is why when a woman is missing, the initial focus is on the men in that woman’s life. Current and ex-husbands, as well as boyfriends, are usually the first to be investigated. Of course, there is always the risk of an unfortunate chance encounter with a perpetrator that can be completely random, however, in many cases there is usually some type of a connection.
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The Violence Police Center (VPC) recently conducted a study, and released it’s finding about homicides against women for 2010.
One of the key findings was that 91% of the victims were murdered by someone they knew. The majority of the homicide victims, a total of 51% , were the wives, common-law wives, ex-wives, or girlfriends of the murderers.
Although the majority of homicides against women were committed by their partners, a substantial number were committed by non-romantic partners but there still was a connection, cementing the fact that women’s safety is a huge issue that seems to be getting worse.
Take the case of Whitney Heichel.
The beautiful, married 21 year old Starbucks Barista was fortunate to have a job just moments from her home. She lived with her husband and was a caring, vibrant women who was loved by many. Whitney Heichel and her husband attended church regularly and were, by all accounts, a very happy, friendly couple.
When she disappeared, it seemed likely that there had to be a connection with her perpetrator.
The chances of her disappearing on the very short ride to work seemed to point to Whitney Heichel knowing her abductor, or having some type of connection.
Turned out there was.
He was a neighbor in the same apartment complex who asked her for a ride.
Whitney was familiar with her abductor, rapist and murder, Jonathan Holt.
She and her husband, Clint, attended the same church that Holt and his wife attended. Although they weren’t best friends, they were “neighborly”. The Heichel’s cared for Holt’s plants and his cat when they were away and, only 2 weeks before Whitney was brutally murdered, Clint Heichel helped Holt jump start his motorcycle.
Another recent case that comes to mind is the murder of a California woman, her 2 year old son and 3 year daughter. Her husband came home and discovered them dead. The murderer was his own 19 year old brother.
The list goes on and on and includes former pizza deliverymen as well as handymen who commit brutal acts of rape, abduction and murder against women they have some type of connection with.
As a woman, it is important to be cognizant of your surroundings and to pay close attention to your inner voice, to help ensure your safety.
Also Mary’s Be a Good Dog blog has some useful information as well.