So I took this photo of a newscast recently about women being followed into their homes and attacked.
What can be more frightening and violating?
A home is one's castle and sanctuary--that is where we go for shelter, safety, and unconditional love.
When the the home space is violated, then fear and panic ensue as all bets are off to what can happen to everything one loves and holds dear.
Think of basically any scene where the ancient city walls are being broached by a marauding army, and you'll immediately see men, women, and children running and screaming, but alas the city burns and the people are doomed at the hand of their invaders.
Similarly, when people are followed or suffer a home invasion--their privacy and security is violated to the core--and they easily become victims of theft, rape, and assault.
I remember when growing up in New York how one local neighborhood kid was followed home one day by a gang, and they started beating him in front of his home until some neighbors came and chased the attackers away.
But it didn't end there, because this kid was vulnerable for months afterward, not knowing if and when the attackers would return for more.
It's like when people threaten someone and say, "I know where you live!"
That puts the fear of G-d into people, because it's not only themselves, but their home and family at mortal risk--and not knowing when or how it may happen...people can just piss their pants.
The opposite is true as well, people tend to be big shots and aggressive when they feel they are anonymous--when their faces are covered by masks, and they have no identifiable insignias--you don't know who they are or where they are from.
With anonymity, people feel they can do what they want without fear of reprisal.
But someone who can be identified, they better behave themselves, because they can be found afterwards and "made to pay" for the bad things they did.
Ultimately, peace comes from having both safety in the home and the serenity of mind that comes with not having to look over your shoulder all the time.
Everyone should be able to feel safe in their homes and neighborhood, and the attacker be caught, killed, or damned. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)