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Vampire Guide: Social Matters: Personal Safety & Security
Newer items will be marked with and will not necessarily appear at the top of the page. Page last updated on 24 April, 2005.
What to Do if Forced to Reveal Yourself
By Blood Breed
1.) DO NOT respond to questions concerning your vampirism. Fire doesn't
burn unless it is fueled; the same goes with an argument. This especially
applies to very public and inappropriate settings (churches or other places
you would normally be uncomfortable talking about such things).
Threats to Personal Safety
If you are approached by someone threatening your personal safety, -- go to the police; if you feel that you cannot involve them in the matter, then please do not try to deal with the person, people or situation alone! If you are in such a situation that permits fleeing, -- DO SO! There is no shame in fleeing. If s/he or they want you to come with them, do not go with them. You'll be "bought and paid for" then. Go for broke: Fight. Resist. Be violent. Make lots of screaming noises to attract attention to yourself and your situation. If you are being threatened, harrassed, stalked, etc., bring in reinforcements. Many times, the police's hands are tied until someone has actually done a crime against you. But, personally, I would want the problem solved before it reaches that point!
I will have more on this later.
Slayer This, Slayer That
Slayers are generally teenaged, loudmouthed Buffy or Blade spazzes. There are also those who call themselves hunters. Most of them claim to hunt the "undead" type of vampire (which is probably why they have so much time to post online). For the most part, these people can be ignored.
But, as with any minority of different people, there will be the occasional hate-oriented psycho, bigot, religious zealot, or other fuqnut who may be serious in their attempt or desire to harm those who are, or who the hunter perceives are, vampires. This may range from mild vandalism such as slashing the tires on a vamp's care, to more severe things such as stalking, threatening, harrassing, and on occasion physically assaulting them, members of their families, or their pets.
These things mayn't happen very often, but they can happen, have happened and do occasionally happen. I feel that most likely the "hunter" or "slayer" wants to feel in control over the vampire, whom they in some way feel threatened by, and seeks to achieve this by psychological and/or physical intimidation, threats, and harrassment toward the vampire.
If anybody should experience this sort of thing, my adivce is to keep a log of each occurence, with the time, date, location, description of the incident, as well as the perpetrator(s) or instigator(s), as well as anybody else who was present at the time of the incident who could corroborate what happened. If the incident is serious, such as damage to property, threats, repeated harrassment, physical violence, etc., or just repeated incidents from the same individual or group of people, then let the police know what is going on. You don't need to say something like, "They are targetting me because I'm a vampire." Instead, say, "Apparently, they are targetting me because they believe I'm a vampire (or Goth, or wiccan, or were-something, or whatever)." Give the police a COPY of your logs of the incidents, if necessary, but keep your original if possible.
Eerie America TV Series
Eerie America could very well be called The Fodors Travel Guidebook for The Addams Family. I read some in-depth information about the show and saw the promo, and from what I can tell, this will be an absolutely AWESOME series if they can get it off the ground. (I'm actually praying they will.) Let others know and see who can help. This is something that should happen! Let's pull together and make it so!
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