I would absolutely let her in, and do my best to help her in any way possible until the police arrived. I would hope that if I were ever in that situation myself to have someone kind hearted on the other side of that door as well.
I would probably let her in. Would I be concerned for safety, a little, I actually can not see well out on to my front patio, the door and two windows facing the patio have a bubbled glass and there is no light out there, only what I can get out there from the front room. I still couldn't leave someone out there alone. I have neighbours nearby though. The police station is about 2 minutes away.
My Parents had something similar when I was a kid, a neighbour's husband had beaten her up and she came to my parents house for help. There was no hesitation on letting her in, even though her husband may have been around or not they didn't know.
I wanted to add that I am not tall enough to see outside the peek hole in our door, so if someone is standing very close to the door that I can not see them from the living room, I can not see who is at the door at all until I open it.
I would help her. Honestly, before this debate it wouldn't have even occurred to me to not open the door. Now that I have read it, maybe I would stop to grab my phone and call 911 first, but honestly I think I would still be too worried that the rapist was going to grab her, so I probably wouldn't wait.
-Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)
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This is a tough one. My first instinct is yes, of course I'd open the door and let her in. Then I think, what about the kids? I watch a lot of Criminal Minds, that could be a ploy of some kind. Then I think it would be a really elaborate ploy.
Truth is, we live across the street from a police station. I like to think I would let her in while dialing 911, since we know that they show up here within a few minutes.
But I can't promise that I know. I hope I would let her in.
I'm of the same mindset as Laurie and Alissa. Criminal Minds has screwed me up now lol.
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I would let her in and probably not think twice about it. I don't think I could help it. I watched a terrible accident in front of us on the highway once, and with my DH calling 911 and my baby girl in the back seat I ran through broken glass and got inside that upside down Durango to help the poor dad trapped in the front seat, with engine fluids smoking and all that. I couldn't help myself. I had to do something even though looking back I put myself in a perilous position. I just couldn't stand by and do nothing. It was probably stupid of me, but like I said I just had to do something.
I think only worrying about my kids would hold me back. If they weren't home I wouldn't hesitate. And I know that isn't terribly logical.