What do you make of women in the military? If you've got tired old notions that they can't hack it, maybe this will change your mind. A female Navy sailor on shore leave in Dubai got into battle with a would-be rapist, and she more or less kicked his sorry behind seven ways 'till Sunday.
The whole story reads like the nightmare every woman has had at some point in her life, that overwhelming sense of dread when she's alone with a guy who just seems to be a little ... off. Well, except for that awesome ending.
The story goes that the unidentified servicewoman (remember, this was a sexual assault attempt) was waiting to hail a taxi at the mall when a bus pulled up. She hops on, but 10 minutes later he pulls over, tries to kiss her, then pulls a knife on her.
Terrifying ... and terrifyingly possible.
According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), there is a sexual assault every 2 seconds here in America.
Yes, this happened in the United Arab Emirates, but it happened to an American woman. And according to RAINN, 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime.
One out of every six. That's a 17 percent chance of being assaulted. That means there's a higher chance that an American woman will be assaulted than there is that she will develop breast cancer.
This woman, this sailor, just became a statistic.
But then again, she didn't.
Because the sailor managed to do something amazing, something that shattered her nightmare. She knocked the knife out of her would-be rapist's hands. She broke it in two. Then she locked him in a stranglehold with her thighs.
She worked her military training for all it was worth. She was completely badass!
And when it was all over, when the jerk was more or less rendered unable to hurt her, she went and reported the incident to her commanding officer. The bus driver is now facing charges of attempted rape, threatening to kill, assault, and consuming alcohol illegally.
She's a hero for women everywhere, and a symbol of just why women deserve their spot in the military right alongside our men. She was faced with the awful, and she didn't blink an eye. She did what had to be done.
What do you think of this woman's takedown of her rapist? Impressive, right?