How to Avoid Getting Into a Dangerous Situation

In this day and age, it seems that more and more people are being assaulted and sexually assaulted when they are in a vulnerable situation. There are many things that can be done to not only stop someone from attacking you, but to avoid getting to that situation in the first place.


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    Appear confident. A potential attacker would rather assault someone who is looking at the ground, and is looking unsure. You will be less likely to be attacked if you maintain a good posture, and look directly ahead of you.
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    If you feel that someone is stalking you in the street, don't be afraid to simply yell 'BACK OFF' at the top of your voice. Even if they are innocent, it is better to be safe than sorry.
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    Make sure that if you are walking home alone at night, you either have your hair up in a bun or are wearing it out. Women can easily be manipulated by their hair, and many people would target women with their hair in a plait or a pony-tail, and control them by that.
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    When walking home, walk so that you are facing the traffic. It is easy for a potential rapist to pull over behind you and drag you into his/her car.
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    Avoid taking short-cuts through dark alley-ways, especially when it is approaching night-time. If something was to happen, there is a smaller chance that someone might hear you. It is better to go the long way around than to risk getting mugged on a desolate side street.
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    If something happens and you are in a dangerous situation, scream and make as much noise as possible. Don't be afraid to draw attention to yourself - it may save you from getting beaten up/raped.
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    If your attacker is unarmed, don't be afraid to fight back. Good places to aim for are the temple and the groin. Don't make the moves fancy, and throw complex sequences - self defense is not pretty. Do whatever is practical and effective.
    • One of the most effective ways to fight back is to use a palm heel strike. Your palm heel is the hard bone between your palm and your wrist. You can find it by pressing you palm hard on a flat surface: the area that turns white is the palm heel. Execute the palm heel strike by keeping your fingers back and thrusting your palm heel forward.


  • Just generally be aware about your surroundings. It is proven that most attacks occur at the victim's house, and 86% of these are by people who are known by the victim. We're not saying that you have to spend the rest of your life on edge and not treating everyone as a potential killer, but you do have to be wary about your surroundings.
    • One of the most vulnerable positions that you can be in is at an ATM. Research has shown that as you have your back to everyone behind you, it makes you an easy target. Whilst retrieving your money, every few seconds look around to check out your surroundings.
  • If you suspect notice any suspicious activities around you look for shadows that may reveal someone hiding around the corner waiting to surprise you. If you spot someone near you, and if you're quite a distance away, stop and listen. If you're right there, don't turn your back, but take steps back slowly; then if it is an attacker, turn your back and run.
  • If a situation feels uncomfortable, remove yourself from it. For example, if you don't trust a particular person, don't hang around! Go with your initial thought about this situation, and trust your gut feeling.
  • If someone has a knife strategically placed on your neck or groin, listen to them and don't risk being defiant. Your main arteries are located in your neck and groin, and if they cut those arteries, you will be unconscious in eight seconds, and dead in thirteen. Wait until they have removed the knife from those areas before attempting to fight back.

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