Those Roads Traveled
I currently live outside of the city but I have walked at night and used public transportation in low-income, deeply urban places in downtown Los Angeles. The high crime rate in the inner city highlights the clear potential for danger. Perhaps it is the sense of community, but I find the city less sinister than other places I have walked. It seems that there is a certain watchfulness in the city that is not found in suburban places (e.g, running/hiking trail).
Whatever the circumstances, I believe it is a matter of convenience and anonymity together that contribute to crimes against women by strangers and I often (usually while walking) think that if either of those were eliminated, so too would the crime be.
What if crime against women by strangers is a factor of convenience and anonymity working toghether? I have found that while it is true that many more crimes happen within low income urban environments, it is also true that thre is safety in numbers. And, if that was true, and we could then eliminate convenience as a factor, might we significantly reduce crime against women by eliminating anonymity in real time?
I hope so.