I’m finding myself more offended – than horrified – by a couple of episodes of Forensic Files I’ve watched in the past couple of days. Both episodes chronicled cases involving women – all of whom lived single in apartments – whom were attacked, raped and killed while they were doing laundry (using laundry facilities not located in their homes).
I certainly don’t want to be one of those women who claim all men are pigs. But if I spent enough time watching shows like these, I might start thinking otherwise!
I think about all the time I lived in apartments and did laundry while I was home alone – and never thinking for a second about how dangerous that was. To think that some asshole neighbor man decided to stalk me for months waiting for an opportunity to attack me while I’m schlepping laundry from point A to point B. I get in “the zone” when I’m doing laundry and DEFINITELY don’t want to be bothered! And I am in no way, shape or form “asking for it” if some asshole accosts me while I’m cleaning the lint filter on the dryer! Really, criminals? Laundry day attacks? Even Ted Bundy didn’t attack women on laundry day (though maybe he did…he was a monster)!
Has lurking in alleys and parking garages gone out of fashion? How about attacking a drunk girl when she’s stumbling home from a bar? Maybe even doing a Ted Bundy move and pretending to be disabled and then luring her into your beige VW? All of those scenarios I can handle – but not some monster attacking me on… laundry day! I’ll bet getting smacked in the face with a big bottle of laundry soap wouldn’t feel none too good! That is, of course, the attacker hasn’t managed to strangle me with one of my bras or gagged me with my own panties (two of the victims in the shows I watched were bound with their own undergarments).
Maybe not ALL men are pigs, but I’m going to be more wary on laundry day from now on!