ORLANDO, Fla. —Can you believe it’s already March? This year is passing by swiftly and before we know it we will be changing the clocks again. Yes, we know what you are thinking, in Florida, until Congress approves a bill that would free us from changing the hour due to Daylight Saving Time.
One thing that we celebrate BIG in March is women. Not only in the U.S. but as we all know, March 8 is the International Women’s Day— so it happens all around the globe.
Since most of our stories are about prevention and safety, we thought it would be nice, to celebrate women, providing facts and interesting tips to stay safe and away from harm.
Unfortunately, as reported by ABC News, some 1.9 million women are physically assaulted annually in the United States, and 15 percent to 25 percent of all American women will report a sexual attack or rape at some time in their lives, according to studies conducted by the Justice Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Believe it or not, these numbers represent only a fraction of these types of crimes against women, due to the fact that the majority of sexual assaults go unreported for many reasons, like embarrassment, fear or privacy, among may others.
It would be a great thing to know that all women are aware of what to do and exactly how to respond to risky situations.
The following tips could help.
Make Eye Contact
It may be your first instinct to lower your gaze as you walk to your destination. But looking straight into the face of potential enemies is the better option. "Eye contact may scare off attackers because they fear you will be able to identify them.
Think Through How You Would Fight in Your Dress-up Clothes
Clogs, high heels, and tight skirts are hard to run and fight in, while scarves and long necklaces are easy to grab. If possible, modify your fashion style or wear comfortable clothing when walking alone. You can always change into dress-up clothes later.
Keep Eyes and Ears Open, Hands Free
It is important to be alert to who and what is around you. Talking on a cell phone or listening to headphones makes you easy prey for a predator. The only reason you should be using your mobile phone is notify a friend of your whereabouts or to call for help. Also, limit the number of bundles you have to carry by using a backpack or bag with a shoulder strap. This will ensure that your hands are free to defend.
Choose the Elevator Over the Stairs
When in the elevator, stand in front of the doors, then if someone you feel uneasy about gets on with you, you can step off immediately.
Routines and Habits Make You an EasyTarget
Plan out a few different routes that you can take and mark out "safe houses" in your mind at intervals along the way. In the event of attacks, you can stop at these shops or homes where you know you will be safe.
Criminals often play on the sympathies of unsuspecting women
If someone asks for the time, directions, or help in or around their car, be as courteous as possible but keep moving. You can always assist the stranger by making a phone call to police from a safe location, or finding others to go back and help with you.
Be Paranoid and Suspicious
When in a parking lot, look at the cars parked on either side of your vehicle. If a male in a vehicle is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, or if you are parked next to a van, always enter your car from the side opposite the strange vehicle. If the parking lot is particularly dark or deserted, it may be wise to go back and find a friend or guard who can walk you to your car.
It’s like taken from one of those law enforcement TV series, but it is important to be aware of your surroundings at all times and remember that prevention saves lives and could save you from harm and a lot of trouble.
Taking a course of self defense is never a bad idea and some of these basis courses are available at low or no cost by different community organizations. The average cost for self defense lessons is $45 per lesson.
ENJOY LIFE RESPONSIBLY!