Sexual assault, harassment and abuse are realities which remain hidden and continue to be perpetrated. Due to their gender, women ought to take additional precautions to protect themselves from malicious assaults, especially when there is nobody around to help you.
Here are five situations that women may encounter when they are alone along with the suggestions from experts on what they should do to protect themselves from the assault.
SITUATION ONE: If you are stalked at night
Expert Say: Enter a shop or a house and explain your predicament. If it is night and shops are not open, go inside an ATM centre. ATM centres always have closed-circuit television. Fearing identification, no one will dare attack you.
SITUATION TWO: 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 Say: Enter the lift. If you need to reach the 15th floor, press all the buttons up to your destination. No one will dare attack you in a lift that stops on every floor.
SITUATION THREE: What to do if a stranger tries to attack you when you are alone in your house
Experts Say: Run into the kitchen. You alone 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.
SITUATION FOUR: Taking a Taxi at Night
Experts Say: Before getting into a taxi at night, note down its registration number. Then use the mobile to call your family or friend and pass on 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.
SITUATION FIVE: What if the driver turns into a street he is not supposed to and you feel you are entering a danger zone
Experts Say: Use the handle of your purse or handbag to wrap around his neck and pull him back. Within seconds, he will feel choked and helpless. In case you don’t have a purse or handbag, just pull him back by his collar. The top button of his shirt would then do the same trick.
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