To the editors:
Students of FDU use the term “Rape Trail” in jest. The Traction Line Recreation Trail was given this title because there are many hiding places, nowhere to run and most importantly there are no lights. It is the ideal place for any type of assault. But to say that it is not dangerous at all because nothing has happened yet is the most ignorant thing to say. It is because nothing has happened yet that the term “Rape Trail” has remained a joke.
The joking, however, should stop because the “Rape Trail” is a disaster waiting to happen.
You don’t look at a ticking bomb and say that it can cause no harm because it has no history of causing any. You cut the wires before it can explode. It is up to the school to protect its students. We need to be proactive instead of reactive. To acknowledge the risks of the recreation trail and then excuse them is an embarrassment. Put lights there to make it safer! Don’t wait for the bomb to go “BOOM” and then wonder why it happened.
Don’t bat away the notion by saying “Call Public Safety,” then adding that they’re not supposed to provide services outside of campus. “Yes, I am but a feeble person, who needs an escort to the train station, so I may be protected from all who wish to prey on me.” This is not the type of thinking that should be encouraged. If you are scared, then yes! Please call them. But you shouldn’t have to feel scared at all.