Last weekend a 44 year old woman was sexually assaulted and stabbed during the attack. All of this took place in the massive and heavily utilized Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
It appears that she was hiking alone on one of the trails when she was attacked by a man who looks a lot like Michael Douglas’ character in Falling down but with a mustache.
She managed to make it out to the road and flagged down a passing motorist and was then airlifted to the hospital and then released over the weekend.
You can see a picture of the suspect on the new site here http://abcnews.go.com/US/great-smoky-mountains-national-park-patrols-increased-attack/story?id=16550269#.T9_R18UuE3w
I am glad it seems like the victim will be okay although I am sure she will have some emotional scars from this vicious attack.
People think it can never happen to them. “It’s safe”. Sadly though as this shows, it does happen. With a little precaution you can lower your odds of failing prey to this type of attack.
* Never walk, jog, run or hike alone. No place is safe and you need to have someone there with you in case of the unexpected.
* Carry a self defense weapon like a Pepper Spay for walkers or in case of hiking get a Bear Pepper Spray Repellent which will work on both bears and humans. This way you’re covered from attack from both types of animal.
* Pay attention to who and what is around you. Many instances can be avoided by paying attention to your surroundings making you look like a bad target.
No matter how safe an area you think you are at, you still need to be aware and smart to help ensure you don’t fall victim. Don’t be paranoid, just cautious and smart.
Stay safe out there!