If you are constantly on social media, you’ve probably noticed how common it is to see families pleading for help to find missing people. It seems like I retweet a case once or twice a day as an effort to help as much as I can. As if we aren’t already targeted in society, young women are also being the target of violent attacks. However, the large amount of young women going missing and being killed in Chicago isn’t going unnoticed.
According to the Chicago Tribune, since 2001 there have been 55 unsolved deaths by strangulation of women ranging from 18 to 58. Activists have rallied for justice and for a wake-up call for the communities and the entire city of Chicago. Women are dying left and right at the hands of other people and nobody is talking about it. The department finally addressed this by recently assigning a group of detectives to take a closer look at the evidence to see if any new clues about these killings.
Meanwhile, it’s VERY important for us young women to be safe. In this city riddled with violence, drugs, and crime, it’s very easy to be in a dangerous situation. There are several things you need to remember when moving through Chicago so you don’t fall victim to these terrible attacks. Here are just a few:
Always keep looking around. Never stare down at your phone or just be focused on one thing. You have to keep an eye on your surroundings. I swear Instagram and Snapchat can wait!
Stay away from alleys.
Most of these attacks happen in or near dark alleys. If you can, avoid them all together. If not, get you some mace and have it ready as you walk.
Walk with purpose.
When you are traveling at a dangerous time, you have to focus on getting where you need to be. No walking like you got all the time in the world. This probably isn’t the time to be strolling like you’re in a park either.
So ladies, be safe out there. You never know who may be watching you.
By Kyla Hubbard, Junior, Whitney M. Young Magnet High School