Like many women, I take comfort in the fact that violent crime is down in the United States, according to the FBI. But that stat can be misleading when it comes to sexual assault. Despite the overall dip in crime, the CDC cautions that there is still a 1 in 5 chance that a woman will be raped in this country. For college students, that's 1 in 4. However, there is one group of victims for which there are few, if any, stats: women who got away from a would-be rapist.
While they may not have been raped, they still wrestle with feelings of shame, fear, and mistrust. To aid in the healing process and possibly help others, CafeMom readers have chosen to share how they escaped a vicious attack. Each circumstance is different, but there is a common thread among these harrowing stories -- they survived thanks to wit, luck, and at times, brute strength. More importantly, they want women to know that attempted rape is still a serious crime and if it has happened to you, you are not alone.