Good on your aunt for making a good decision and following through.
Growing up in the Chicagoland area and living in some smaller cities, it’s common to have people come up to you for one thing or another. Even people asking for change on the side of the road is common enough that at some stop lights, organizations like the local fire department will be out asking for donations now and then. With packed streets or after-hours bars, even pick pockets pop up now and then (including women)… or a group of kids that goes from having fun to starting trouble in a crowded area.
On a side note, I’ve learned that one of my “blind spots” in the past was women. Both incidents were many years ago when I would spend more free-time out at night hot-spots. The first was when I was helping a slightly intoxicated lady friend back to the car to drive her home (I was the designated driver). Two young women started following us back to my car. When I put my friend in the passenger seat, one woman came around to the door and tried to grab my friend’s purse. The other stood about 10 feet away. The one at the door insisted that if I didn’t let go of the purse that her friend would shoot me. I ended up jumping into oncoming traffic to flag down what looked like a cop car, but turned out to be a taxi. Luckily the 2 women thought it was a cop car too and fled the scene.
Another time an attractive young woman came up to me outside a bar acting as though she was interested. A few seconds later I could tell she was fishing around my back pocket for my wallet (I kept it in my front pocket while in the city).