I don't see the rape thing as victim blaming AT ALL. It's not a woman's fault she got raped no, but WHY go to areas where it is more likely to happen? (Eg running in a park at night on your own!!! Everyone knows seedy things happen in certain areas! Avoid them!)
People also need to take responsibility for their own safety! Coming from South Africa I AVOIDED dodgy areas where there was a lot of crime or unlit streets etc. it doesn't protect you completely because of course there are evil humans EVERYWHERE, but its more likely to happen in these 'bad' areas.
Not saying this particular park was bad, I'm more pointing out about adults taking care of themselves.
As for these parents bring close by, that's not enough for ME. I personally would not let my guard down with my young kids. No I'm not a perfect parent but I know I wouldn't let my 2 young kids into a toilet block on their own. Even if there were a million families close by! That to me is even more of a reason to watch them as closely as possible as evil people are much more easily hidden amongst crowds.
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