Woman assaulted outside Oak Forest home

Woman assaulted outside Oak Forest home

There are 9 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Oct 12, 2007, titled Woman assaulted outside Oak Forest home. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Oak Forest police today are searching for a man who attacked and sexually assaulted a woman outside her home earlier this week.

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TOM SLICK

Chicago, IL

#1 Oct 12, 2007
Getting in so late, does her brother, father, boyfriend, just anybody get up to make sure that she's ok coming in the house at that hour. Some crimes could be avoided with a little help from the family. Why wouldn't someone be up to make sure she is ok. Just asking?
Jane

Elmwood Park, IL

#3 Oct 12, 2007
Curious what your age is? Do you have adult children living with you? Do you also have to get up to work in the morning? I used to be one of the parents who thought I could NEVER go to sleep until my kids got home. Now I leave the hall light on and if I wake up, I know they are home. Sounds very cold but it's the reality. They keep insane hours (by my standards) Sure, when they had the 10:30/11:30 curfew I could/would 'wait up'- but once they hit their 20's...sorry - I can't wait up til 1, 2, 3 etc...
Not trying to sound so 'cold' but I think it's unrealistic to expect someone to 'wait up' for an adult to walk through the door, especially when you have to get up to go to work the next morning.
ERO

Highland Park, IL

#4 Oct 12, 2007
Even if a relative were awaiting her return there is no guarantee that they'd be able to help. She was outside of the home. The attacker may have gagged her in some way where she couldn't yell out for help. What has to change is not our protection for women, but an end to rape. This violent crime has plagued mankind for all time, and it is one of the sickest and most mentally anguishing crimes that can be committed.
All 4 It

Saint Louis, MO

#5 Oct 12, 2007
As women, we need to be aware of our surroundings. Just because you're in your driveway, doesn't mean that you're safe. Getting home at that late hour, I always turn around and look at my surroundings and if anything's out of place, I'm hitting the panic button on my car alarm.

I feel sorry for the young lady and hope that they catch the person that did this to her.
TOM SLICK

Chicago, IL

#6 Oct 12, 2007
I'm 50 for your information. You all have very valid points. That's why I was just asking. I never understood rape when prostition is out there for money. Guys, if you cannot talk your way into a womans heart, just go pay for it. Somewhere, anywhere, just don't do the unthinkable, because you have a grandmother, mother, aunt, and how would you like that to happen to them. Karma.
Sam

United States

#7 Oct 12, 2007
Tom Slick,
You make me sick. So, it's the victim's fault for being out late? I didn't realize we lived in an age where being outside late at night made you deserving of rape. I cannot believe you people are parsing the victim's actions to see if she was "at fault". Does it make you feel safer to think it couldn't happen to you? Guess what, rapes happen 24/7 in daylight, in public and in any neighborhood. Just show some sympathy for the poor woman and leave it alone. wow!
Roscoes Momma

Chicago, IL

#8 Oct 12, 2007
TOM SLICK wrote:
I'm 50 for your information. You all have very valid points. That's why I was just asking. I never understood rape when prostition is out there for money. Guys, if you cannot talk your way into a womans heart, just go pay for it. Somewhere, anywhere, just don't do the unthinkable, because you have a grandmother, mother, aunt, and how would you like that to happen to them. Karma.
-Tom, I see you make alot of comments here and I'm usually in agreement, but you're off base here. Rape is about POWER, much more so than sex. The fact that prostitutes are out there is completely irrelevant to this story, and a bit offensive.
prizm63

Chicago, IL

#9 Oct 13, 2007
that why i take karate,never too old for self denfense.
oak forest is a great comunity , must have been someone from the outside.
we will keep our eyes open.
Watchful Eye

Oak Forest, IL

#11 Oct 18, 2007
The biggest preventive measure I see in this is communication. Coming in at 1:30 A.M., someone else should know when she is coming home: father, brother, children. Both men and women should lean on the cautious side of coming in late. Barring work, obligations, etc., one has to make their mind up that there is a limitation as to when to come home so late.

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