Risk Reduction

I hoep no-one takes this the wrong way, and think this is blaming the victim, because that isn’t the intention. But I read on Stuff about the attempted rape of a hitch hiker and I did react when I saw she was hitchhiking by herself at 4.00 am.

I think rapists are and have total sympathy for any victim, so this is not trying to be undermining what happened. It would be great to have an ideal world where lowlives do not prey on women, so they can feel as confident about travel as guys do.

But am I being harsh in thinking that as we are not in that ideal world, is hitchhiking by yourself at 4.00 am rather dangerous and inadvisable? I wouldn’t even advise guys to do that.

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