I Wish I Had Known

If you make yourself aware of your surroundings, of the realities of our world, you can better avoid dangerous situations from the start and leave yourself prepared to deal with what may come. This doesn’t mean that you have to live in fear. You just have to live smart.

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics website, for most homicide situations in which the target and the perpetrator are identified, it is determined that the target and the attacker knew each otherAnd, in only 14% of all murders, the victim and the perpetrator were strangers. These statistics are important because they force us to realize that we may not understand the motivations of those whom we think we know. These statistics can only do their job if they incite people to be aware.

I was a target. The person who attacked me in my home had been invited inside despite his presence at my door being unexpected and strange. I have worked to increase my knowledge in order to make myself less of a target. Being informed is an important part of avoiding difficult or potentially dangerous situations. It can save your life.


Learn to Trust your Instincts
One of the most important lessons I have learned is that your intuition is real. Trust your instincts. Trust your gut. It is a gift given to mankind for survival. Granted, we are no longer fighting for survival in the wilderness, but that doesn’t mean that this important instrument has become obsolete.

I should have trusted my instincts. But I was more concerned about being polite. I didn’t want him to think I was rude.

The Meaning of the Word “Nice”
Nice is a social trait not a character trait. Someone can behave nicely and it can be fake. It can be a social mechanism that has no bearing on a person’s actual character or personality. The person who targeted me seemed nice.

I Survived
How I Beat the Odds
Staying Safe