My heart is saddened as I write this article. I hope that some good comes out of the evil that happened, recently, in Columbia, South Carolina, the town of my Alma mater.
First of all, South Carolina is a wonderful place to travel, live, and go to college. It is my home state. I love it. South Carolina has some of the best food and friendliest faces you will ever encounter. The weather is great, year round. People, especially retirees, are flocking to South Carolina because the cost of living is low and the economy is thriving.
When a horrific act of pure evil rocks your home state it is so heartbreaking. I am writing this post to honor the life of Samantha Josephson. I hope this blog post is read by someone, somewhere, and I hope it saves at least one life to honor the life of Ms. Josephson. I have a young daughter. I cannot imagine what her family is going through!
I am writing you this letter to remind you that we, women of all size, ethnicity, and age, are capable of being independent, strong, smart, and sexy boss ladies in the 21st century! However, we are still vulnerable.
There are men out there who still believe that women are inferior beings. There are still men out there who believe that if you are not accompanied by a male chaperone, you are fair game! There are people out there who are pure evil! Protect yourself, stay alert, and stick together!
A Concerned Mother
Here are a few tips to stay safe and hopefully save a life!
- Let someone know where you are going.
- Stick together. So, so, so important.
- I typically feel safer using public transportation with a lot of other people vs. me and a cab driver. I will not ride in a cab alone.
- Stay with the crowd.
- Make sure your phone is charged and memorize an emergency contact number.
- Don’t get too intoxicated. If you have a few drinks, go to a well known pub. Watch the bartender make your drinks.
- Never accept a drink from someone that is not the bartender!
- Never, ever, ever leave with some person you just met.
- Be vigilant.
- Follow your gut. If it feels weird, get out fast!
- Stay out of dark areas.
- Park your car near a door, camera, or light.
- Make sure you stop for fuel at a well lit service station.
- Yell, scream, fight if you are harassed. Make a scene. Set off the alarm on the car. Pull the fire alarm in an elevator or apartment complex.
- Take a self-defense class.
- Carry pepper spray.
- Learn to shoot a gun and/or get a concealed weapon’s permit.
- Tip from the Oprah Show: Never let them get you to the next location. They will be in more control there.
Written to honor Samantha Josephson’s life!