The Freaks Come Out at Night

By: Jay Young

Remember those scary bed time stories when you were a little girl about the Things That Go Bump in the Night? Well, unfortunately, when we grow up and become women, those things become scary people. According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), 43% of rapes occur between 6:00pm and midnight, 24% occur between midnight and 6:00am, and the other 33% occur between 6:00 am and 6:00 pm. As we transition into the colder months, it starts to get dark quicker, so following are some safety suggestions to add to your weekly routine:

1.      Social media can put you at great risk for being a victim of rape/sexual assault, so avoid checking-in on Facebook or announcing your whereabouts until you have departed.

2.     If you’re alone, consider taking the elevator instead of the stairs.

3.     Keep eyes and ears open – avoid texting or talking on the phone if you’re going for a walk. Your eyes should be scanning your environment and ears should be open to listen to unusual noises. If you must text or talk, try to find a safe place in the open where you can sit.

4.     Regularly change up the route you take for walking or running.

5.     If you run or walk after it gets dark, go with a friend.

6.     Make sure you have your keys handy before going to your car or before getting out of the car.

7.     If feasible, try to back your car into the parking port, so you can be fully aware of what’s ahead of you.

8.     Don’t park next to vans and if a van is parked next to you when you return to your car, enter the car on the opposite side.

9.     When leaving work or the mall late, ask the security guard to escort you to your car.

10.  Avoid using the restroom near the elevator.

Remember to change up your weekly routine. You’re less likely to be a victim of rape/sexual assault when your routine is unpredictable. Let your close friends or family know your whereabouts and the expected time of your return.

Keep safe DOT-Nistas.



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  1. DDLUV

    I whole heartedly agree with the article, many women tend to let their guards down thinking traumatic events will not happen to them. However to elaborate with the message; just because you are comfortable with your setting, such as; the parking garage where you worked for years, or the circle K around the corner from the house you should still remain alert to your surroundings…….even your house. Not to say be paranoid, but be alert, and never think things you hear in the news will never happen to you. From first hand experience I was involved in a home invasion of three men before 11pm, prior before this event I always assumed things of this nature happen late into the night to the wee hours of the morning, boy was I proven wrong. I let my guard down, or should I say I never had it up because I was at home and it was still early in the night, talking on the phone to a girlfriend, and thinking someone was delivering pizza to the wrong door. It was the scariest moment of my life, and it got scarier when they turned off all the lights and I couldn’t see a thing. the only reason I survived the ordeal was by the grace of God, I couldn’t find the words of a prayer in that moment, all I could say was Jesus over and over. Instantly there in that dark room I felt His presence and a since of calm came over me and I heard “you will be alright”. I say that to say this. Do not ever think it will not happen to you because you know the neighborhood, or its your regular shopping spot, or because you are at home.

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