Prevention is the Best Self Defense
Violence is never good even if someone else has initiated or provoked contact. The best way for women to stay safe is to take preventive precautions and minimize the chances of any dangerous incident from occurring.
It's how you see yourself
Be confident. It's an unfortunate fact that some people have "victim" written all over them. This is not to say that they're to be blamed for being attacked, but rather, their lack of confidence makes attackers deem them as the easier target. If you have a problem with your self esteem, you might want to remedy that fact first and enroll in a self defense class.
Avoid traveling alone
Attackers can be anywhere at any time of the day. It's best to have someone with you even if you're simply walking to the grocery a block away from your home or climbing down a flight of stairs to the parking lot. Although your desire for independence and self reliance is appreciated, don't cut your nose to spite your face. Attackers have stronger chances of getting to you when you're alone so travel in company as often as you can.
Take note of "peak hours"
Attackers prefer to make a move when there's less likely to be people around. These "peak hours" generally take place in the wee hours of the morning and when people are probably at home sleeping and not alert enough to respond quickly to calls for help.
Be cautious about where you're going
Don't venture to places that are too dark for you to assess potential threats in your surrounding. If a place is unfamiliar, don't take unnecessary chances and make sure you only take well-traveled paths where it's easy for you to be seen or heard if anything happens.
Secure your environment
Bad things don't just happen outside. They can also happen at home or in your workplace. Don't wait for something to happen. Take pre-emptive action by securing your environment. You can start by developing safety habits like double-checking that all doors and windows are locked at night. If you can have a burglar alarm system installed, so much the better!
Listen to your gut instincts
Lastly, do stay alert and pay attention to your surroundings. If your guts are warning you about a particular place or person, do as your instincts bid you. Even if there's no apparent threat and retreating makes you feel silly, there's no harm in taking extra precautions, is there?
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