Word came out this week that Darryl Littlejohn, the New York bouncer charged in the Feb. 25 rape and murder of graduate student Imette St. Guillen, has been linked by a DNA match to an October sexual assault on another woman. This latest revelation will no doubt (and rightly) lead to more angry cries about the failure of Mr. Littlejohn's parole officer to keep track of his violent charge and about the negligence of bar owners who do not check the backgrounds of their employees. But it should also serve to remind women, yet again, that it would be a good idea to use a little more common sense.At first glance avoiding all bars because unsavory men hang out there may sound like common sense, but the alleged murderer could have been employed as a security guard at any number of places, including a school or a church. But who chastises girls and women for failing to use common sense when a brutal attack occurs at those locations or at the mall or at respectible job sites?
Are we women supposed to barricade ourselves inside our houses unless we are accompanied by a male relative?
Does Ms. Riley also warn men to use common sense when meeting with priests? Why would she?
Well, according to a judge in Wisconsin, enough evidence exists to show that a Catholic priest murdered two men who were concerned that the priest might have sexually abused a child. I'm sure Ms. Riley would say this crime is an exception, but for many, churches are where sexual abuse victims meet their abusers.
For those who say that case has to be a complete fluke, I'll remind you that the BTK (Bind Torture Kill) killer was a church leader. Sometimes the worst criminals hang out in the nicest places.
What to do?
Well, to paraphrase Ms. Riley: For starters: Be wary of churches.
And to use her statement regarding the Duke rape case: "she left but returned after an apology"
Isn't that what many churches ask of abused parishioners? Does that then mean a subsequent rape or murder committed by a church official, employee or worshipper becomes the victim's fault?
And what about this case? Are you going to tell me this victim lacked common sense or was somehow participating in risky behavior?
Sorry, Ms. Riley, your illogic's showing.
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