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Confronting Danger

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  • Tips for Confronting Danger 


    1. Trust your instincts. If something "feels wrong" (with a person, a building, a situation, etc.), something probably is wrong. Even if you don't know why you are uncomfortable, change your plans, move away from the person, and get out of the area - whatever is necessary to make the feeling go away.

    2. Know yourself. How do you react in crisis situations? Do you scream, cry, or freeze? What might be your personal defense options? Every situation is different.

    3. In any annoying or dangerous situation, you will be the best judge of what you need to do to handle the situation. There is no one "right" approach. The following are some options which women have found effective.

    • Show your anger, not your fear. Although it is natural to feel afraid, a frightened reaction generally does not stop an attack; a furious reaction often will. Remember an attacker wants an easy victim and will frequently back down from the prospect of a fight. Yelling may be one way of demonstrating your anger. Generally you do not want to insult the subject; rather yell "stay away" or "don't bother me," etc.

      There is a possibility showing your anger may cause the attacker to become violent, but it is more likely he will flee. 

    • If there are other people around, you can loudly call attention to what the assailant is doing ("Get your hands off me!" "This man is bothering me", and so on). Sometimes women are afraid that an embarrassed offender will try to retaliate, but again it is more likely he will flee.
    • If you are alone and don't know anyone on the street or in the neighborhood, try yelling a name to make the attacker think someone will be coming out to help you (that is, "Bill!, Terry!, Come here, help!"). If you are home alone you can use this same strategy.
    • If someone has a weapon, stay calm and wait for an opportunity. You may be able to talk him into putting the weapon down, he may put the weapon down spontaneously, or he may be distracted for a moment. Weapons make the situation more dangerous and difficult, but there still may be something you can do.
    • Be cautious around people asking for spare change or money to wash your car windows, etc. A number of these people are taking advantage of the current economic and homeless situation; they use the money they receive for alcohol and/or drugs and some of these people are very dangerous.

    STRATEGIES FOR SURVIVAL IF CONFRONTED WITH ASSAULT:
     
    • Non-resistance to prevent physical violence
    • Negotiate
    • Stall for time
    • Distracting or diverting the assailant, then fleeing
    • Verbal Assertiveness

    Screaming, using a whistle or shriek alarm to attract attention and help 

     
    For more information, please email: publicsafety@njcu.edu or call 201-200-3127 / 3128.