The last known victim of the Jack the Ripper killings was named Mary Kelly. Kelly was a prostitute in the East End Whitehcapel neighborhood of London, killed and mutilated by an anonymous attacker. But the most surprising aspect of the killing was not the barbarity; it was the fact that a passerby heard her screams and turned away all the same, assuming it was merely domestic violence.
By and large, our safety threats are from driving vehicles or walking near them, and behind that they are work safety hazards, and behind that are finally the very people who love us (or know us) who ultimately kill and assault us. By comparison, random attacks are rare.
We almost accept our problems with safety and violence as just the way it is.
The statistics don't reflect that idea. The statistics show that different places and different times show far different rates of the problems that plague us. Americans are roughly 5 times more likely to be a victim of a homicide than in many European and Asian nations. We don't have to be satisfied with where we are at.
We don't have to let a bystander culture be maintained, where intimate partner violence is routinely shrugged off or silenced.
Ask yourself how complicit you are. Ask yourself what you will do to help.
We don't have to settle for mediocrity when it comes to the safety of our society.
The murder rate of England and Wales in 1900 was 0.86/100,000
Today, America's number is 5.3/100,000.
In few things do we backslide so egregiously and pretend it is normal.
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