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How Women Can Protect Themselves From Predators

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As much as we might like to think that women are perfectly safe to walk the streets at night – or day, come to that – without being threatened or coming into contact with predators, it is this kind of thinking that can mean women let their guard down. It’s great to feel safe, and it’s wonderful to assume nothing bad will happen to you, but if you do this, you must also be aware that something could go wrong, and you need to know how to protect yourself if this happens.  

It may not be pleasant, but it’s a fact of life right now. Women are not entirely safe. However, there are many things women can do to help protect themselves from predators. Read on to find out more. 

 Fight Back 

Something that most predators will assume, perhaps hope for, is that the woman they have chosen to attack won’t fight back. This is why it is so important to do so. However, just struggling against the attacker will only wear you out and probably won’t do much to dissuade them because they can use their larger size and strength against you. To really protect yourself, you should learn some non lethal self defense so that you use your own strength and skills to get away from them. 

Without this specialist training, it will be hard to keep a clear head and undoubtedly difficult to make any kind of move that will help you get away. The sooner you can learn self defense, the better. Ideally, you’ll never have to use it, but it’s worth having the knowledge just in case. 

Listen To Your Gut 

This doesn’t sound like a practical way to keep yourself safe at all, does it? Well, perhaps not, but that doesn’t mean it’s not an important piece of advice to follow. Listen to your gut. When you feel that someone or something isn’t right, believe that feeling and get out of the situation as soon as you can. Don’t worry about appearing strange or rude – it’s far better to be thought of like this by someone than to be correct and then be attacked. 

This instinct, ‘women’s intuition’ as it is often called (although everyone has it, not just women), is something that has been with humanity since we were living in caves, and it kept us safe from predators back then. It’s like an animal’s instinct, except that, because our brains are bigger, we’ve persuaded ourselves that it’s nothing and that we should ignore it. Don’t do that; listen to that voice that tells you someone is strange and leave as soon as possible. 

Don’t Assume You’re Safe Because You’re Home 

Women may feel uncomfortable, even scared, when they are out, but when they get home, it’s easy to feel safe again. It’s right that you should feel safe. Unfortunately, there are still dangers that you need to be aware of, and once you know of them, it’s much easier to enjoy that safety that should be yours by rights. 

If you’re at home and you’re not expecting a visitor but someone arrives, always ensure the safety chain is on your door. Better still, use a video doorbell. If you don’t want to open the door, don’t. You don’t have to. 

Also, never hide a key anywhere outside your property. Someone might spot you using that key and use it themselves. Add lighting outside for some extra safety and as a good deterrent. 

 

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