Personal safety tips for women – keep this and reread

Personal safety tips for women

Some 1.9 million women are physically assaulted annually in the United States, and 15 percent to 25 percent of all American women will report a sexual attack or rape at some time in their lives, according to studies conducted by the Justice Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here are some tips to help you keep from becoming a statistic:         

  • Always take the elevator over the stairs. And when in the elevator, stand in front of the doors so that if someone gets in that you feel uneasy about, you can step off right away.
  • It is important to be alert to who and what is around you. Talking on a cell phone or listening to headphones makes you easy prey for a predator.
  • It may be your first instinct to lower your gaze as you walk to your destination. But looking straight into the face of potential enemies is the better option. “Eye contact may scare off attackers because they fear you will be able to identify them,” says Mary Ellen Burns, a spokesperson for the Boston Police Department.
  • Experts say that women tend to be sympathetic — fight this urge! History has shown that serial killers and other criminals often play on the sympathies of unsuspecting women to lure them into dangerous situations.
  • Regularly change your walking routine. Plan different routes that you can take and make note of “safe houses” in your mind at intervals along the way.
  • Don’t be afraid to be paranoid and suspicious; it is always better to be safe than sorry. When in a parking lot, look at the cars parked on either side of your vehicle. If a male in a vehicle is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, or if you are parked next to a van, always enter your car from the side opposite the strange vehicle. If the parking lot is dark or deserted, consider going back and finding a friend or guard who can walk you to your car.
  • If you find yourself into a violent situation, the most important thing is to react immediately.
  • If the predator has a gun but you are not under his control, run away. Experts say the predator will only hit you, a running target, four out of every 100 shots. And even then, it most likely will not be a vital organ.
  • Do not let your attacker, under any circumstances, to take you to another location. If he does, the likelihood that you will be seriously injured increases tenfold.
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