so today in AAMP session, one of the UIC cops came to talk to us about how to keep ourselves safe on/off campus. the conversation was serious but relatively light hearted until he asked if any one of us had ever been the victim of a crime while in the city. one of my mentees, who is very shy but so sweet, raised his hand and said that he had been beaten and robbed twice. both times he was leaving his train stop (Howard Red Line) and was pulled into an alley. as if this wasn’t bad enough, both of these occurred at 4:00pm and 7:00pm. not in the middle of the night, barely if even after dark. in the middle of the afternoon and just about to get dark, he was pulled and robbed. he didn’t go into too much detail aside from how fast it all happened, but something inside me made me want to run out and throw up. he’s such a good guy and as cheesy as it sounds, i get attached to my mentees and i love them and want to protect them and knowing that this has happened to him just makes me sick.
i thought back to one time when we were discussing an AAMP group outing and some mentees wanted to go to Lincoln Park for dinner, which would obviously go until it got dark. i think him & i would be the only ones not going back to campus but i assured him we could take the train home together, even though he’s off the Red Line and i’m off the Blue, but i would take it to Belmont Red, still getting off way earlier than he would since his is at the end of the line. i was pretty insistent because i really wanted him to come so i couldn’t understand why he was so hesitant to agree right away. now i know why. :|
ugh. if it didn’t make me so overbearing, i would ask all my mentees to call me everyday so i know they get home safe. or i could just follow all of them home and make sure they get home, but that’s creepy so i won’t.
I JUST WANT MY AAMP BABIES SAFE.