Trust your instincts. If someone or something doesn’t feel right, leave immediately or get help.
Be aware of your surroundings. Take the iPod earphones out of your ears. Don’t talk on your cell phone while you are walking, especially at night. Know where you are going and what’s going on around you.
Think about what you are wearing. Don’t wear “hoodies” or sweatshirts with hoods that can be pulled over your eyes and face in an attack. Cover up (or just don’t wear) provocative outfits. Don’t wear shoes that could slow you down.
Use confident body language. Keep your head up, swing your arms, and walk briskly with purpose.
Lock your doors. Have your keys ready in your hands as you walk to your car. Once you get into your car, lock the doors and drive away. When you get home, make sure your doors are locked once you are inside.
Have a plan. Know in the back of your mind what you would do if attacked. If he wants your purse, don’t hand it to him, throw it to the side and run.
Don’t be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Walk in groups. Avoid walking alone in parking garages, dimly lit streets or alleys. Don’t drive in unfamiliar or bad neighborhoods alone.
Use your voice. Make noise. Scream for help and run away screaming when possible.
Don’t be afraid to come forward if you are the victim of an attack. You might help save another woman’s life!