Soft Targets vs. Hard Targets
Targets are selected by stride, gait and posture. A soft target is more likely to attract predators. A hard target discourages predators. Size and shape do not matter. Confidence and awareness reduce your likelihood of being targeted.
You can never rely on someone coming to your aid. Making yourself a hard target will deter predators. They want to gain compliance quickly before someone comes to your aid.
Your visual and auditory senses catch threats. Wearing earbuds puts you at a disadvantage unless you’re in a catcall zone. If you use your earbuds for outdoor workouts, consider working out with a group of women or jogging with your dog.
It’s important to fight back effectively. Most self-defense programs teach women how to fight like men. Men tend to trade licks; a punch to the face returns a punch to the face. Women need to fight like they’re women, using their stronger muscles on men’s softer areas. Sexual assaults involve a grab-and-removal from the area or being pushed to the ground.
Listen as law enforcement expert Steve Kardian joins Dr. Pamela Peeke to share some tips on how to keep yourself safe from predators.