BYU student attacked in Fiji says ordeal could have been prevented

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  • JELLI Salt Lake City, UT
    June 13, 2012 5:53 p.m.

    I find it sad that people must paint nuanced situations with such broad strokes in an effort to make sense from that which cannot make sense.

    @Bee-Careful: "left-wing feel good groups" that this young woman VOLUNTEERED for; she was not coerced or forced. Bad things happen to good people and it probably has nothing to do with the group's political leanings. You having an ax-to-grind is fine but how does your point (which I have failed to grasp) add anything to this particular discussion? Rather you should possibly come up with solutions and stop spewing rhetoric. Maybe create a self-appointed right-wing feel good group to do humanitarian work; or is that an oxymoron? Oh, but wait, HELP Intl. was started by BYU faculty and is based in Provo which we all know to be a bastion of the left.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    June 12, 2012 6:10 p.m.

    Yes, she should not have gone alone. But, as they said, something like that is very rare for Fiji. Normally, I don't think what she did should have been a concern.

    What is a concern, however, is that the group had received threats earlier that day and had not informed their people to be alert. They should have pulled everybody in and told them what was going on and told them to be absolutely sure they were always with somebody else from the group. HELP International failed on this one.

  • aceroinox Farmington, UT
    June 12, 2012 5:55 p.m.

    @Bee Careful--
    "Where savages live"? Seriously? There are "savages" of that ilk everywhere, and certainly right here in Utah who do rape and worse to unsuspecting people (witness the case in Provo last year where the woman was dragged off into the brush and not only raped, but disfigured and left for dead).

    Bizarre post if I ever saw one.

  • Bee Careful Kaysville, UT
    June 12, 2012 3:48 p.m.

    So now it's her fault! Give me break! I think the lesson here it to avoid self-appointed left-wing feel good groups like "help International" since they will send to dangerous places where savages live and then blame you if anytthing happens. Better to volunteer to help people in your own community who are truly needy. The others really don't want us there. We should accommodate their wishes,

  • RosieHola ,
    June 12, 2012 1:54 p.m.

    I send my best wishes for Hilary's recovery and peace. Part of her frustration is that Kyle is absolutely right, and she surely knows that. We have all been taught from childhood to walk places in pairs-- even in our home town, and even our little boys going to cub scout day camp. This is a basic precaution, one that I used to chafe under when I served as a missionary in Central America. This experience of Hilary's is a reminder to me that it is risky for me to go out and do my grocery shopping at midnight. I understand how it is easy to think that if the walk is short, there is no danger. We all view ourselves as the exception. A hard lesson for her to learn, and I truly am sorry it happened.

  • Kyle F USA, UT
    June 12, 2012 9:53 a.m.

    I served as a volunteer for Help International in Uganda 2 summers ago. The first thing they tell you before going into country is to never travel alone. Yes, this could have been prevented if she simply would have followed that simple instruction. We were all made aware of the possible risks of living in a foreign country and agreed to those terms. I'm glad she was able to escape, but this is in no way Help International's fault.

  • RevK Glenwood, UT
    June 12, 2012 9:19 a.m.

    Heart breaking. Glad she found the strength to fight. So many people freeze when they are scared, more people need to fight. Glad shes ok.

  • K Mchenry, IL
    June 11, 2012 1:17 p.m.

    I hope the men are locked up and the streets are safer.

    I don't think a general I'm going to get you comment connects all that much to the crime that happened. I think it's impossible to serve in safety.