What should a woman do if she finds herself alone?

The potential to become a victim of a crime is a very real threat to the health and security of all women, regardless of their age or where they live. These threats are varied and include sexual assault, domestic violence, or assault in general. So what should a woman do if she finds herself alone in the company of a strange male?

Scenario 1:

What should a woman do if she finds herself alone in the company of a strange male as she prepares to enter a lift in a high rise apartment late at night? Experts advise that you enter the lift and if you need to reach the 13th floor, press all the buttons up to your destination. No one will dare attack you in a lift that stops on every floor.

Scenario 2:

What to do if a stranger tries to attack you when you are alone in your house? Experts say run into the kitchen. You already know where the chilli powder and turmeric are kept and where the knives and plates are. All these can be turned into deadly weapons. If nothing else, start throwing plates and utensils all over. Let them break. Scream. Remember that noise is the greatest enemy of a molester. He does not want to be caught.

Scenario 3:

Taking a taxi at night. Experts say – Before getting into a taxi at night, note down its registration number. Then use the mobile phone to call your family or friend and pass the details to them in the language the driver understands. Even if no one answers your call, pretend you are in a conversation. The driver now knows someone has his details and he will be in serious trouble if anything goes wrong. He is now bound to take you home, safe and sound. A potential attacker is now your de facto protector.

Scenario 4:

What if the driver turns onto a street he isn’t supposed to and you feel like you are in danger? Experts say – Use the handle of your purse or bag or even your scarf to wrap around his neck and pull him back. Within seconds, he would feel choked and helpless. In case you don’t have a purse or bag or scarf, just pull him back by his collar. The top button of his shirt would then do the same trick.

Scenario 5:

What if you are being stalked at night? Experts say – Enter a shop or a house and explain your predicament. If it is night, and shops are not open, go inside an ATM box. ATMs always have closed circuit televisions. Fearing identification, no one will dare attack you.

The most important thing is to be alert of your surroundings. After all, being mentally alert is the greatest weapon you can ever have.

Please spread this to the women you know and spread awareness, as this is the least we can do for a social and moral cause, as well as for the safety of the women in our community.

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