Here in Canada we’re experiencing the shortest days of the year. Driving my car through the dark city streets I’m alarmed by pedestrians who appear out of nowhere, dressed in black from head to toe, plugged into their headsets, oblivious to the sound of my oncoming vehicle. Often their hoods block any peripheral vision. They’ve rendered themselves deaf and blind to danger.
We depend on our sight and our hearing to warn us of oncoming dangers. Why, then, are these people depriving themselves of both sound and sight? By blocking out the stimuli of their environment they’re making themselves vulnerable to both accidental and predatory dangers.
Recently in Toronto, within the space of one hour, eight pedestrians were hit by cars.
Too many women have been attacked by predatory assailants, bent on terrorizing women through rape. How is this possible? Granted, sometimes there’s no way of preventing such trauma. But we need to do all we can to prevent being hurt this way. We women need to stay alert and aware of our surroundings. We can’t allow ourselves to be vulnerable to these sickoes.
Let’s look at prevention.
- stay aware of your surroundings.
- Be mindful. Be here and now.
- Don’t make yourself deaf to your environment.
- Don’t render yourself blind to danger.
- Know what’s around you.
- Concentrate on your surroundings.
- Dress so that you can be seen by traffic
- Know that protecting yourself means staying calm but realistic about possible dangers.
- Make eye contact with the driver of the car you are about to cross in front of.
Let’s all stay safe from preventable harm.