I can’t believe in the same day that I reported on Mary “Unique” Spears getting shot after refusing a man’s advances in Detroit, I am also reporting on a 26-year-old unidentified woman who had her throat slashed for the same reason. The Queens woman is in critical condition after a man slashed her throat in response to her turning him down for a date.
According to the New York Post, the attacker approached the victim in the lobby of an apartment building on 171st Street in Jamaica at 5:15 a.m., Oct. 1, and tried to strike up a conversation, police said. When he persisted and asked her out on a date, the woman declined and turned to walk away. The angry aggressor grabbed the woman from behind, slashed her neck with a blade and ran away.
Luckily, the victim didn’t lose her life. She was rushed to a hospital in the area and is in critical condition. Sadly, people from the community say this tragic occurrence happens more often than you think. It’s almost normal. Investigators are searching for the suspect (who is shown in the video above) is believed to be 20-years-old, stands 6-feet-tall and weighs 180 lbs. He has brown eyes and short black hair and was last seen in a hoodie, jeans and black sneakers.
I said it before and I will say it again, street harassment is a real issue that many women have to deal with everyday. I often have anxiety on the streets of New York City when I’m catcalled and try my best to ignore. After my refusal or attempt to ignoring them, I’ve heard racial slurs thrown at me, of course the word b*tch was spit at me and there’s the ever-popular and more descriptive, “fat b*tch.” And those are considered mild reactions, especially after seeing stories like this one or Mary “Unique” Spears’. It never gets easier to handle how men handle our rejection. This attack is just one reported piece of proof that women have to be conditioned to be cautious:
Never leave your drink unattended at a club.
Never accept a drink from a stranger.
Don’t dress too revealing.
Don’t go anywhere alone.
These are things many of us young women have all been warned and taught about from our parents. Sad pieces of advice that almost put the fault on women, instead of holding men accountable. How about when raise men up, we tell them not to drug women or take advantage of their vulnerability? How about we teach young men to treasure us like we’re princesses and that way it’s a whole lot more organic for us to grow up as queens and in turn continue to be treated as such. But that’s too much to ask.