Yale graduate student Annie Le compared crime and safety at Yale with other Ivy League schools in a piece she wrote last February for B magazine, published by the medical school.
She summed up her article by saying, "...all cities have their perils, but with a little street smarts, one can avoid becoming yet another statistic."
Sadly, her body was recently found strangled and stuffed behind a university lab wall on what was supposed to be her wedding day. Yet another death in one of those heralded bastions of the Gun-Free Zone, victim disarmament culture, our nation's college campuses.
Experts are quick to offer self-defense advice after crimes like these occur - carry a whistle, they say. Tell a friend where you're going. Walk with a purpose. Don't portray yourself as a victim. Unfortunately when you are 4'11" tall, weigh only 90 pounds and are unarmed, like Annie was, you can't really help that.
All predators single out the weak and the small - just watch any nature program. A lion hunkers down in the tall grass, watching antelope as they graze, scanning the herd for dinner. The very young, the very old, and the injured are seen as potential victims because size, strength, and the ability to fight back are all crucial factors in determining which animal to bring down by its throat. It's a simple risk/reward ratio. And despite differences in motivation and the frequent unwillingness to equate ourselves with animals, the behavior of human predators is exactly the same.
Annie Le was easy prey.
* quote from Georg Büchner