How to Cope when a Stranger Is Chasing You

This can be very scary, especially if you are young, but keep your wits about you, and think only of getting to a safe place.

Steps

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    Don't run near a road or somewhere dangerous. Remain on the sidewalk if possible, if you can go somewhere there are lots of people.
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    If you are being chased on the street, make others aware of your situation. Keep yelling, "This is not my father (or mother). Help me!" You can also shout fire, people won't always help you if you are shouting 'help' but they have to do something if you shout fire, and when you are safe you can tell the person that helped you.
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    Make sure you head to a safe place. If there are stores around, run in and loudly yell, "Someone is chasing me!" Keep yelling as you run over to someone who works there.
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    Call the police. Even while running and yelling, carefully use your cell phone to dial the police. Be wary not to crash into something. Calmly give a detailed explanation to the police of your situation.
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    If the attacker catches you before you can head somewhere safe, defend yourself. This doesn't always mean physical attacks. But if you must, kick them in the leg or below the belt (if it is a man) and try to run away. It is good to know a little about self defense, you don't have to go to a Martial arts group but just know what to do.

Tips

  • If possible head to the nearest bank (or similar buildings) because they often have security guards and cameras all around.
  • Don't wait for the attacker to get you. Head into any store or place where there is people, like a bank or sweet shop, etc.
  • Sometimes a physical attack will make the person become more aggressive. Judge the situation and use self-defence at your own discretion. If you use force before the attacker catches up with you i.e. if you stop in theory as far as the law's concerned you should be fine but in practice if you do use force you do so at your own risk not only physically but also legally.
  • If you are near houses, run up to one of the doors like it is your own house, the person chasing will think your parents will be in the house.

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Categories: Self Defense