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What if he is chasing me down the street?

If you are walking alone in the dark and you find someone following or chasing you. You may choose to Scream "FIRE!", and not "help". People don't want to get involved when people yell "help", but "fire" draws attention because people are nosy. Consider breaking the window of a home that appears occupied by throwing a rock. Consider kicking the bumper of an expensive car on the street to set off an alarm. Most importantly run. If the aggressor is closing in on you (within ten feet), find an obstacle, such as a parked car, and run around it, like “Ring around the Rosie.” This may sound silly, but works. Your last hope is getting under the car. Once you are under there, are tons of things to hold on to, and he will not be able to get you out, and will most likely not come under for you. Usually they give up by this point. In order for this to work you must practice getting under the car.

If someone id following you from a distance - never go home. If you are on foot, go to a busy area, change directions – if he persist do not hesitate to contact the police.

If someone is following you while driving, do not go home. Drive to a busy area, police station. If you have a cellular phone, contact the police.

Things that may discourage individuals include:

Tint your windows (check with local police to find out what is legal in your area).

Wear a hat – this will help conceal that you are female.