BE AWARE OF HOW YOU PRESENT YOURSELF: Carry yourself with awareness: keep your head up so you can see your surroundings. Present strong eyes and confident body language. Walk and act like "a badass". Attackers want someone who is an easy target. DON't BE AN EASY TARGET!
MAKE A SCENE: Prevent things from getting more dangerous. It’s okay to hurt someone’s feeling, seem paranoid, or even be wrong. We are usually right when our instincts tell us that something doesn’t feel right about a person or a situation.
ACT IN UNEXPECTED WAYS: Attackers expect certain responses, and anything different may put them off for a few seconds, seconds you can use to get away. People have pretended to know someone nearby, faked illness, or acted in bizarre ways. ACT LIKE AN ANIMAL, scream, yell, kick, bite, throw things, hiss, ANYTHING THAT TAKES AWAY THEIR ELEMENT OF SURPRISE!
SPEAK UP: Try to use short statements to cut off conversations that you don’t want to continue (e.g. “I don’t want to talk to you", "BACK OFF" "GET AWAY FROM ME".) Be a broken record; say the same short statement over and over again until they back off or you can GET AWAY!
YELL: It breaks the “victim role,” attracts attention, distracts the attacker, and puts you in touch with your power and anger.
HAVE YOUR KEYS READY: Before you get out of your vehicle or leave your house, have your keys in your hand. EVERYTHING CAN BE USED AS A WEAPON and a key chain across the face is a great deterrent. You will also be prepared to quickly get into your vehicle or home, and not have to spend any time looking for your keys!