20-year-old college student Jordan Dinsmore was just a couple of steps away from her apartment late at night when three men attacked her. She was on her way home from work when she was jumped by three man waiting outside her apartment. In addition to threatening her with a gun, they demanded Jordan’s bank card and all her valuables, as well as ordering her to drive her car.
The situation seemed hopeless, until Jordan thought about her mother.
The men were armed, and demanded that Jordan drive the car as none of them could operate a vehicle with manual transmission.
“What would mom do?”
With a gun pulled on her, Jordan had no choice but to do what they said. On they way to the gas station to get gas Jordan started to have thoughts on how to get out of this.
“They told me that I was going have to have sex with at least one of them,” Jordan said, as per ABCNews4. However, she heard her mother’s voice in her head, and knew what had to be done.
She recalled that her mother had managed to avoid a sexual assault when she herself was in college, and used that as her inspiration.
“My mom always told me, you know, ‘don’t let them get you alone, because then you have no help, you have no hope for passerby’s to see you or hear you, and you have no help to get out,” Jordan continued.
Jordan’s options were limited. Either she would continue to drive the car, or she could jump out as it moved.
There was no time to think, and so Jordan opened the door and leapt out with the car moving.
“I just kind of thought in my head, ‘Do it, do it, do it,’ and then the next thing I know, my hands were on the handle, I was opening the door and I was staring at the pavement,” said Dinsmore.
“When I wake up, I’m just trying to stand up.”
The 20-year-old then began screaming for help from passing drivers. The third car to pass stopped to help her.
“They were in a moving vehicle, without a driver, and a 20-year-old girl just outsmarted you,” said Dinsmore. “I wish I could’ve seen their faces at that moment, so that they knew that I might have been a victim, but I was not victimized.”
The police would later arrest two teens in connection with the incident.