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Carrie Lightfoot: Breaking the Bondage of Fear

by Carrie Lightfoot

Think about this: the average lifespan of an American woman is 81 years old. Conservatively, if a young woman begins to be concerned about her safety at the age of 18, that would mean that she could live 63 years of her life bound to the ever-present fear of being assaulted, kidnapped, carjacked, or murdered. 

The average female is no match for a larger, stronger attacker. Multiply this disparity of size and strength exponentially when she is facing a stoned attacker or, heaven forbid, multiple attackers. Factor in age or physical impairments, and it becomes painfully difficult to imagine the outcome.

Now, I am not saying that women are so disabled by this fear that they cannot function or live healthy, productive lives. Of course, they can, and they do. I will tell you, however, that I believe all women know at some level of their being that they are the prey.

Every time she gets into her car, leaves a store, goes to a party, enters a parking garage, gets in an elevator, walks down the street, goes for jog,  goes on a date, or simply cuddles up with a good book at home alone, she does these things with the ever-present fear of harm. If that is not bondage, I do not know what is. 

But here is the good news: the bondage is not necessary.

If you are a woman reading this article, keep thinking about yourself as you read this. If you are a man, think about the women in your life, whom I know you fiercely desire to protect and keep safe.  Now place yourself or any of the precious women in your life into any one of the dozens of news stories you hear on any given day of a woman brutally attacked or murdered. What would you or she have done? Would you or she have been able to fight him or them off? As painful as this exercise is and as uncomfortable as it makes you, perhaps you can see why it is vitally important that all women be given the tools and the training to defend themselves and their loved ones.

full story at https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/04/25/carrie-lightfoot-breaking-bondage-fear/

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