July 28, 2005

Taking a Stand

A beautiful young lady named LaToyia Figueroa disappeared on her way home from a doctor's appointment 10 days ago. She is five months pregnant. She also has a 7 year old daughter.

In the last several months she has been mugged in an unrealted incident and then attacked by her boyfriend's ex-girlfriend. It doesn't seem like this story will end without tragedy.

What is it about pregnant women that make them vulnerable to scum?

Better question, when will we as women band together and make scum (male or female) who prey on pregnant women pay? Even if this is a case of domestic violence or a crime of passion it should be a wake up call. Everyday, we see signs in the news and papers about women (and sweet children) who go missing, who are abused, who are murdered. I am taking a stand!

Here is my pledge:

I am no one's victim,
I will make you suffer before you can make me a victim,
I shoot straight and my aim is good,
I will not let you make someone else a victim,
I will protect my family and my friends at all costs,
You will be sorry those evil thoughts crossed your mind.

I will not sit idle why women become victims all around me. Oh! and brother-in-law scum, if you are out there, you will get your due too.

We should have a million woman march, taking back our dignity, our health, our lives. I am not being exclusive, if there are men out there in domestic violence situations, they too are welcome. Or perhaps just a march over evil scum, making sure to dig high-heeled boots into their nether regions!

I send my thoughts and prayers out to Ms. Figueroa's family. I hope she is somewhere safe, and just needed to get away. I hope.

Posted by Oddybobo at July 28, 2005 11:21 AM | TrackBack

This story wasn't originally picked up by the news.

Bloggers forced them to work this story by pointing out how they'd be jumping all over it if LaToyia were white.

Posted by: Rob at July 28, 2005 04:48 PM

an all woman parade, with heels and guns? I am sooo there

Posted by: ArmyWifeToddlerMom at July 29, 2005 12:51 AM

Actually I've been called a chauvinist pig because I treat Pregnant women better then I do others. I tend to look out for them and become over protective, especially if I know them.

Posted by: Contagion at July 29, 2005 08:54 AM

Great idea; I'm there!

Every day before my walk I work myself up into a froth; a good spitting MAD, just in case anything happens I can launch myself into whoever... Not that a 47 year old woman is desirable, but I may be perceived as vulnerable, thus an easy target. I end up walking around looking like I'm mad at the world, and I kind of AM, since it bothers me that I must do that, but...

Posted by: pam at July 29, 2005 09:29 AM

I cannot tolerate bullies--especially men who victimize women. Nothing makes my blood boil more. I personally have never hit a female. A woman would have to be seriously kicking my ass before I would even consider hitting back.

On two occasions, I had to get physically involved to prevent some a-hole from smacking a woman around. There have even been a few occasions when I escorted my ex-wife (no good feelings between us) to her car after my daughter's late-night dance classes, just to make sure she got home safe. I think it is our responsibility as men to protect our mothers, our daughters and the mothers of our children. Chauvinistic? I think it's just being realistic. Women are the vessels of life for our species.

The kind of monster who would prey on a pregnant woman is the lowest of the lowest--male of female. I think the death penalty should be mandatory for any murder of a pregnant woman--25 to life for any assault.

Posted by: Frank L. at July 30, 2005 03:15 PM

I live in the area and its all over the news , her poor father pleading for any thing anyone might know or saw ... I hope she is fine ...

Posted by: gina at August 2, 2005 10:11 PM
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