Wow! I am really sorry to hear your story and I am glad you are a surviver!
It seems like you have a little PTST right now and particularly around car situations and strangers but do get some help and take care of yourself.
My input on how this could have been avoided. I say this for anyone reading this to the OP (hindsight is 20/20) but ... I when I hear of something like this I always to see ways that it could have been avoided.
First, thing I NEVER think it's a good idea to go out alone at 2:00 unless it's an emergency and I am going to someone's house. If I am coming home from a party etc and I am on the lookout.
Second, whenever I am on the street and I approach a cluster of guys that LOOK ... off. Like they are thugs, homeless, evil or just plain poor looking ... I will make an immediate about face. I don't go anywhere near them. I don't care if it's wrong to avoid people - especially Black guys - based on their looks. MY WELFARE is more important than hurting some strangers feelings.
So I don't think the unlocked car was where you went wrong either. I think when you saw that knot
of rough guys - you should have not gotten anywhere near them. This should have triggered your surviver instincts to recognize that you would be an easy 'mark' for them. You said one of the guys even said something about that not being a safe place to walk for a woman. I'll bet HE KNEW something was up and was trying to warn you...
But you kept going so when you came back around again ... that creep was waiting for you.
I AM NOT BLAMING YOU OP!! This was a horrible experience and no one should have to go through this!
My point is I never even in broad daylight ... walk close to a knot of dusty looking dudes. This sends up my antenna immediately and usually change my course waaaay earlier so it is not obvious that I am avoiding them.
Women are not 'safe' just walking down the street minding their own business and this is usually how innocent people get assaulted. Too many crazys out there looking for a victim.
I know people reading this will say I am wrong to feel this way.. (shrugs) but I don't care. I live,work and socialize in areas where dusky folk do not hang out sooo if I see a group of them .. they stand out immediately as ... odd.
Edited by Printer_Ink - Jun 17 2013 at 4:47am