Days after the brutal rape and murder of a 24-year-old graduate student, other women drinking at New York City bars seem to have a carefree attitude about it all, says the Boston Globe. ”It happens here,” Barbara Klen, a 24-year-old New York University student, said of the slaying. ”It happens everywhere. What can I do about it?” Sociologists say that attitude may reflect false feelings of safety that are unique to the generation of women that grew up watching ”Sex and the City,” chatting with strangers on the Internet, and relying on cellular telephones as lifelines.
”I think it gives them a false sense of security, because they feel that they have total control and they don’t have to be concerned about their safety,” said criminologist Jack Levin of Northeastern University. Researchers cited another trend: binge drinking. David Rosenbloom, director of the Youth Alcohol Prevention Center at Boston University, said studies by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism indicated the number of binge-drinking girls between 12 and 20 jumped 10 percent between 1991 and 2003.