TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS
If you feel like something’s wrong, then there is probably something wrong.
Trust your instincts
Assess the intent behind the situation or the person
Remove yourself from that situation
If you haven’t got much time to react in a self-defence situation, using a distraction technique might buy you some time to get to safety and seek help. A distraction technique is anything that shocks or puts the attacker off track. An example of this is temporarily interfering with their line of vision.
Here are a few distraction techniques to consider:
Throw soft items at their face, examples include of clothing, jumper and serviettes
Throw whatever you have in your hand at that time to distract them
Create a loud stomp with your feet or a sharp scream if you’re in a quiet area
Set off your car alarm if your vehicle is equipped with the functionality
Carry a personal safety alarm and use it as required
If you’re in a vehicle, keep your doors locked and use your car horn.
Once they’re distracted, it is your opportunity to run and seek help, don’t wait around.
Creating obstacles in a self-defence situation will buy you time. This includes moving any furniture including tables and chairs in between you and the potential attacker, bearing in mind your exit point.
REMEMBER, AWARENESS IS KEY!