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    A naked woman bangs on your door late at night screaming that she has been raped.

    Would you let her in or call 911 and make her wait outside?

    A Florida couple declined to answer the door just before midnight when a nearly naked woman knocked and screamed she had just been raped.

    Rather, the homeowners called 911 Monday night.

    The couple inside the home refused to let the woman in because they said they were afraid to open their door. In the 911 call, the woman can be heard pleading in the background. The distressed couple begged police to hurry. Their home is in an isolated area, and the couple feared for their safety if they opened the door.

    It took about 11 minutes for police to arrive.

    A subsequent investigation led to an arrest of a suspect and prompted the spokesman of the DeLand Police Department to remark that "unfortunately fear dictates the response anymore not knowing if (you're) being set up for other criminal activity."
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    If I were alone in a home in a secluded area, or if we didn't have a clear view of the front door from a peephole or window, damn straight I wouldn't open the door even for a naked, screaming woman. Sorry, but I'd be concerned she was another Nancy Garrido or one of those other depraved women who helps their depraved man kidnap another woman.

    If my husband or someone else were home with me, or if I had a good view to make sure there wasn't someone else out there, I'd probably let her in *after* I knew the cops were on their way. But I'd probably grab my big kitchen knife first, too, just to be extra safe.
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    What Stacey said. I would call the cops first, grab a weapon and maybe let her in if I could see clearly and DH was home.

    We don't get a clear view of our driveway until we open the door so I'm probably thinking of calling the police. But I live under 5 minutes from police station. When our Co2 alarm went off they were here in 5 minutes with the FD. I'm thinking they would FLY for a potential rape victim.
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    Count me among those who wouldn't open the door. The rapist could be lingering or maybe it's a ruse to get me to open the door. I would call 911 and watch from the camera pointed at the front door.

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    I would not let a strange half naked woman in my house. I would however call the police. We live in the city and the police could be here quickly.

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    I would. I would let her in as quickly as possible and shut the door behind her, but there is no way I could stand to let someone sit outside my door suffering, not knowing if someone was going to come up behind her and shoot her before the police got there. I just couldn't handle it even at risk to myself. I know I am probably too trusting from growing up in a small town, but that is just how I grew up people helped each other even if it put them at risk.
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    Gloria, can you see the area around your front door before you open it? How would you know that she's not faking it and a man with a gun isn't right behind her, ready to rape *you*? How would you know it's not a man with a gun screaming, to get in to rape you, if you can't see? It's one thing to help each other out; it's quite another to just be downright stupid and open to the door to someone who wants to hurt you. I've done a ton of things to help out perfect strangers, even putting myself at great physical risk on occasion, but I would never open the door to my home if I couldn't see who I was letting in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    Gloria, can you see the area around your front door before you open it? How would you know that she's not faking it and a man with a gun isn't right behind her, ready to rape *you*? How would you know it's not a man with a gun screaming, to get in to rape you, if you can't see? It's one thing to help each other out; it's quite another to just be downright stupid and open to the door to someone who wants to hurt you. I've done a ton of things to help out perfect strangers, even putting myself at great physical risk on occasion, but I would never open the door to my home if I couldn't see who I was letting in.
    I understand the reasons why other people wouldn't do it and wouldn't fault them for it, but I could never live with myself if something happened to her and I could have prevented it. I have a window by my front door so I can see out, but even if it didn't I don't think that would stop me from letting someone in that was screaming for help. I guess I am just too tender hearted and I just wouldn't be able to help myself.
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    Yep, I'd let her in. I could not bear to listen to a human being on the other side of the door who may be hurt or in danger.

    Something nearly like this happened to my Mom like 15 years ago. My parents were in bed and the doorbell rang, it was after mignight. Two teenaged girls were there in tears, their boyfriend had kicked them out of the car or they had run from a party that got busted, I forget the deal. Anyway they were in the middle of suburban neighborhoods with houses like an acre apart and miles from a trainstation. My Mom took them in and set them up with blankets and pillows and whatnot in the basement. She was scared and had a hard time sleeping, wondering if they were going to ransack the house/let in men to steal things etc etc.

    Come morning they woke up, my Mom made them pancakes, and drove them to the train station. Turns out that they had originally gone to the house across the street. The woman had refused to open the door but had sent these girls to my parents home thinking that THEY would let them in. They had a reputation as helpers, you see.

    So yes, I guess the desire to help people in need, perhaps at our own risk, runs in my blood. I cannot IMAGINE listening to a woman in pain screaming for help for 10 minutes and sitting inside my warm safe home doing NOTHING. Ick.

    We have transom windows all around our door, as well as windows all over the place, but still.

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    I honestly think I would let her in on impulse without even thinking about it. Now, having read this debate and thinking about it, I might grab the phone and dial 911 before I opened the door, just to be on the line with the operator. My husband rides his bike to the police station every day, so that is how close we are. It wouldnt take them long to get here at all. Plus I can see my front door area from the window, and I live right in town, so my neighbors are close. If DH was home, there is no way he would leave her outside by herself, though knowing him he would probably make the kids and I stay inside while he goes outside to help her.
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