What Makes You A Target?
Debunking the Myth
The truth is that they are looking for an easy target. Someone they can catch off guard and easily manipulate. Someone who looks like they won’t fight back. We have all heard about the importance of being aware of your surroundings.
- Walking in public while looking at your phone
- Allowing yourself to be easily distracted
- Keeping your head down
- Wearing headphones
- Walk tall and confident. Keep your head up, shoulders back, and don’t be afraid to make eye contact with those around you. Making eye contact means a potential attacker knows he/she can’t take you by surprise.
- Own your personal space. Don’t allow anyone to get too close to you or stop you. If someone tries to stop you asking for the time, keep your distance and don’t stop moving. You can still be polite and answer or simply tell them you don’t know. Whatever you do, don’t allow them to stop you. It allows them to take control of the space and shows how easy it might be to manipulate you.
- Get angry. If you feel you are in a potentially dangerous situation, or someone is making you feel uncomfortable/threatened, get angry. You have every right to be angry if you feel threatened. Let the attacker know you are someone who will put up a fight.
These are just a few tips to help keep you safe. To learn more I encourage anyone to grab a friend or two and take a martial arts class (Karate International https://www.karateinternational.com has classes for ages 3 and up and for all levels) or attend one of our 12 hour Take Control Self-Defense classes. https://www.karateinternational.com/other-programs/take-control-with-women-only-self-defense
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