By Linda Fairstein
Crime specialist Linda Fairstein finds the sinister ways in which rapists decide on and assault their sufferers, and what you want to be aware of to guard yourself
From the guy who haunted midtown Manhattan's high-rise place of work structures, to the stalker within the wooded suburbs close to Nashville, serial rapists usually have one chilling trait in universal: They function in "comfort zones." occasionally they locate their very own convenience zones, resembling the stairwell of a well-known place of work construction. different occasions they might pinpoint their sufferers' convenience zones, equivalent to the bed room of an unlocked condominium. In either circumstances, skilled sexual predators make the most their capability sufferers' such a lot unguarded moments. In How Serial Rapists aim Their sufferers, Linda Fairstein breaks down the styles of those violent criminals and describes the daily ways in which ladies can top defend opposed to them.
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Habits that Help Rape is a crime that occurs because of the offender’s predatory behavior, and you can never protect yourself one hundred percent from becoming a target. But every woman should make sure her day-to-day behavior isn’t putting her at a higher risk. Since it’s often the consistency of a target’s habits that gives a determined predator his cues, try occasionally to vary the path you take to and from work (stick to a few routes you know well). This way, a predator can’t assume that you always get home at a specific time.
She’d later tell police that she thought the man was trying to be polite by not smoking too close to her. But he was anything but polite. Around 7:15, he approached her and asked when the next bus was coming. Before she could answer, he said, “I have a weapon. Follow me,” and led the terrified woman down the street and behind a large utility box in the front of an apartment complex. He forced her to lie on the ground, lifted her clothes over her face, pulled off her shoes and one leg of her jeans, and raped her, the blade of a knife pressed to her neck.
His DNA indeed proved a match to the open cases down the highway. Thomas, now awaiting trial in Virginia, was raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland, which helps explain his ease in navigating the areas where he stalked his prey. Two of the teenagers he abducted and raped on Halloween 2009 testified against Thomas at his hearings. ” With courageous survivors to confront this serial monster, and the reliability of DNA technology to cement his guilt, I expect Thomas to be handed several life sentences when convicted for these heinous crimes.