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Campus Update: Why Am I Afraid?

I am currently a freshman at Fordham at Lincoln Center, a Jesuit university in the heart of New York City. As a newly independent young woman, I follow these basic rules along with a few extras: don't ride subways alone after 10 PM; don't go out without telling someone when you'll be back; and if you notice someone following you, take a circuitous route to maximize the number of open businesses and potential safe havens you pass. And it constantly occurs to me that all of these apprehensions are completely unfair. I should not be afraid of walking home, I should not be afraid of running alone in the park, and I should not be afraid of the guy staring at me through the Starbucks window as I write this. But I am.

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