In all three of my published novels, I have made an effort to feature women who show compelling strength and independence while overcoming traumatic circumstances. These women decide not to be the victim and instead take their lives and the lives of those around them into their own hands. In particular, my protagonist Emily Stone devotes practically her entire existence to tracking down the predators that exist in her area and bringing them to justice. She is a woman who refuses to play the victim. With this focus in my work, I am always interested to read news stories in which a female takes charge and fights back.
Last week, 18-year-old Summer Eaton was allegedly taken by gunpoint from a gas station by 57-year-old Stephen Cronk in Mount Juliet, Tennessee and driven to a hotel room in Mississippi. Eaton managed to get her hands on the gun and shot her attacker in the stomach. Cronk was later found in his car and appeared to have died from his wounds.
Eaton apparently got into Cronk’s truck willingly, already knowing him in some capacity, but was soon restrained with duct tape while being held at gun point. She has since been reunited with family.
There already have been questions being raised concerning why she got into this man’s vehicle and what the exact nature of their relationship was prior to this incident, but the important detail at this point is that Summer Eaton is alive and escaped a horrible ordeal.
Any safety expert will tell you that there is a right and a wrong way to fight back against your attacker. You don’t want to put yourself in any more danger and I understand the fact that the opportunity to take action is not always there. I am just thankful in this instance that the young woman made it back to Tennessee safe and sound.
What would you do?
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