Not all women are able to physically protect themselves from an attacker, but they can arm themselves with knowledge to stay safe. Here are five things women can do to protect themselves in public.
A predator is more likely to attack a woman who's not paying attention to what's happening around her, so stay aware of your surroundings. Don't walk and text, don't walk with your head down, and always be alert. An attacker is looking for easy prey, someone that can be taken by surprise. If YOU excude awareness and confidence, you are less likely to be approached.
Pepper spray will stop an attacker in his tracks, regardless of how strong or fast he is. Women can protect themselves by carrying it with them anytime they are alone. However, keep in mind that pepper spray won't work if it's in your purse! Keep your pepper spray in your hand and your finger on the trigger. Remember, women that are aware of their surroundings are less likely to be attacked.
Women can stay safe in public areas, such as bars and nightclubs, by paying close attention to who is around them and what they are doing. NEVER leave your drink unattended or turn your back to it, as it can quickly become contaminated with 'The Date Rape Drug'. Keep your beverage in your hand at all times.
Women should also use the buddy system when in a club or bar. Go to the restroom in twos, and never walk out to the parking lot alone.
When you have no choice but to walk to your car alone, you can protect yourself with your keys. Hold the keys in your palm and stick a key between each finger. If an attacker tries to approach you, the keys can serve as a gouging device. Gouge at the eyes, face and throat.
If your schedule allows it, try to make time to attend a self defense class. This is a fun excuse for a 'girls night out' with friends too. These classes will give you the basic tools needed to protect yourself in public, and are typically offered at the YMCA, Community Centers, and even some gyms.
Super smart list. I hope all women read this. h5
All excellent tips. My husband was robbed a few years ago at gunpoint at a Walmart, after dark. You better believe I stay aware!
A list to help keep women safe in public that needed to be written. Glad you mentioned keys; that's the firstline self-defense option I learned years ago in high school. HI5
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