Hannah Graham was a 2013 graduate of West Potomac High School. She played softball with the Fort Hunt Federals, the Mount Vernon Magic and the West Potomac Wolverines. Late one evening, just into her second year of studies at the University of Virginia, Hannah disappeared. It was later learned that, having been separated from her friends, she became lost in the center of Charlottesville, and was abducted and murdered by a man she did not know. She was befriended by her attacker, who took her to a bar and subsequently forced her into his car. After an extensive search, Hannah’s remains were recovered five weeks later.
Hannah’s case attracted widespread publicity at the time, and it was unusual in that she was attacked by a stranger. However, violence against women and girls is a severe problem which has affected more than one billion women and girls worldwide. The numbers are staggering. According to the World Bank, 35% of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence. Globally, 7% of women have been sexually assaulted by someone other than a partner, and as many as 38% of murders of women are committed by an intimate partner.
Please reflect on Hannah's story and explain in 300-500 words up to three measures you will adopt at college in order to promote your own and others' personal safety being mindful of the risk of violence against young women.