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The rape is the kind of story that makes women realize how vulnerable we really are. It makes us think twice about walking through a darkened parking lot, running a simple errand after dark, or jogging alone. We are targets everyday in ways we don't even realize. Because of our gender, we must constantly think about how to be safe.
Fear proscribes how and where we live, where we walk, where we park, where we sleep, eat and travel. As women, we know there are some things we cannot -- or rather, should not -- do, some places we should not go.
We've seen the movies, we've read the articles, we know the statistics. The media is our collective storyteller and the story it tells us over and over again is that there is no safe place -- not on the roads where we drive, on the streets where we walk, not even in the house where we live. We feel at risk because we are.
While walking the female employee reports that an older white van pulled alongside of her and an n older white male, possibly 50-60 years of age, with a scruffy beard offered her a ride. She denied the offer and continued walking. The employee stated that the white male continued persistently trying to get her inside the van.
.The second incident occurred Saturday, January 12th, 2013 shortly after 3PM in the Cracker Barrel parking lot. The second victim, a female employee of Cracker Barrel was walking to her vehicle which was parking in the lot. The victim noticed a white van parked beside her vehicle. She was unaware of the previous incident at the time. As the female employee walked to her vehicle she observed the side door open on the van and an older white male with salt and pepper color hair and beard leaning into the van. She walked by him and he grabbed her arms from behind and told her she was going with him
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