Letters: Young women should take safety precautions when out at night
April 29, 2018
Young women should take safety precautions
I am writing this letter on behalf of one of my students, a senior at Park City High School as a warning to all other young women in Park City.
On Monday, she was walking home after work from a restaurant on Main Street. It was 11:30 PM. She was cutting through City Park when a person emerged from the bushes and began walking directly towards her. After loudly telling him to stay away, he picked up his speed, and in a terrifying moment of self-defense, she pepper sprayed him and was able to escape what could have been a horrifying situation.
I am sharing this story for two reasons. One is to warn other young women to avoid City Park at night, and to always carry pepper spray or a Taser. Park City is growing, and we shouldn't be complacent with our safety.
My second reason is that this thwarted attack on a teenage girl is the result of the decision to make all parking on Main Street paid after 5:00 pm. Workers on Main are forced into less convenient and less safe parking situations. I wish those in charge would find a solution that doesn't put workers at risk for their safety. My student is an amazing young woman; her potential to make a difference in the world could have come to an end last night.
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