LOGAN SQUARE — A woman mugged at gunpoint in Logan Square took to Reddit this week seeking advice on how to feel safe in the neighborhood again.
"Since this happened, every time I leave my apartment my heart starts pounding and I feel an immense sense of fear/adrenaline," wrote the woman, who said she was mugged last Sunday about two blocks from her apartment.
The incident was among at least nine muggings, many of them armed and targeting lone women, reported in Logan Square and the surrounding area over a four-day span, from Sept. 6-9, according to a police alert.
She continued: "Does anyone have any advice for starting to feel 'normal' again when I'm out in the city? I HATE feeling this way all the time, and I logically know that the odds of this happening again to me are minuscule, but it feels like this has completely taken over my life."
More than 100 people responded with advice and words of encouragement. Many of them shared their own experiences with city violence and how they coped with the trauma.
"I got a gun pulled on me on the CTA the first month I lived here," one commenter wrote.
"I don't think I rode the train for a few months because I was just terrified. But as time went on and I realized the odds of these things happening again were small it got better. If you don't already, get a mace keychain and keep it with you. Maybe even a switchblade. I know these won't protect you against a gun but it'll give a sense of security. A lot of my friends have those alarms you attach to your bag and if you pull it it lets out an ear piercing sound."
Another wrote: "Do you have roommates or friends that live close enough that can walk with you from your car at night for a little while? I got jumped in grade school by 4 adult males, it shook me up for sure. I was lucky to have friends that walked with me to and from school for a little while. Having a support system helped me to get over it pretty quickly."
The full post has been taken down but the comments remain. Read the thread here.