While young high school and college students should enjoy their independence, they should be cautious about the potential dangers that await them while they are out on their own. Attackers probably are not at every street corner, but it is important to continually be aware of situations you might face if attacked. According to KidsHealth.org (with information from the National Crime Prevention Council), the first step to lowering your chances of being a victim of a crime is to continually be aware of your surroundings. Study your environment; become familiar with buildings, houses, etc. Notice areas where an attacker could possibly hide. Also, make sure to always be in public, frequently traveled places. Being alone in a dim, dark place will possibly make you a more attractive target for attackers. If you are going somewhere at night, try to stay with a group. Furthermore, tell a parent or friend where you are going and when you plan to return from your outing. Additionally, having a cell phone with you can be helpful if you need to contact your parents or emergency services.
Remember that it is imperative to get away from your attacker. If you try to fight back, you could cause the attacker to become angrier and more harmful. Do your best to avoid a dangerous situation by using your common sense. Do not go anywhere that seems unsafe. Moreover, take a self-defense class. A self-defense class will help you to determine what to do when faced with an attacker. It will also teach you different ways to break out of an attacker’s hold. Stay safe!
KidsHealth.org (Teens Health)
National Crime Prevention Council
By: Mikenzi Brasfield