Chris Muir's Day By Day

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Meanwhile, In Rock Hill, SC...

...we see once again the futility of thinking that a piece of paper keeps a woman safe:

A Rock Hill man out on bond on two sets of charges including robbery, drugs and domestic violence, and barred by court order from seeing his ex-girlfriend while on bond, is in jail on $200,000 bond after allegedly breaking into the woman’s home Friday morning and sexually assaulting her, according to police and jail records.

It needs to be emphasized to women in this situation: a restraining order/order of protection should be viewed not as a magic shield, but as a permit to shoot your attacker, should he return. Women should be counselled to acquire a firearm and become proficient with it. A woman who trusts a restraining order to protect her is simply choosing to leave the term of her life up to her attacker.

4 comments:

ProudHillbilly said...

As far as I can tell, a restraining order doesn't protect you from assault. It protects you when you defend yourself from assault.

Bob said...

@ProudHillbilly: in practice that isn't particularly effective if the woman isn't counseled to acquire a gun. Very few women can successfully defend themselves from an attack by a man of equal size, to say nothing of a larger man.

Keads said...

I have instructed several students that figured out the piece of paper does nothing for them when confronted. Some of the stories simply leave me so saddened.

Old NFO said...

Excellent point! Dammit...