Y: Yell "FIRE!"

I am sure you remember me telling you that criminals don’t want to be noticed. They don’t want anyone to actually see them because then they can’t do what they want to do. If you are ever approached by someone whose intentions are to harm you, get the attention of other people around.

Don’t just yell, but yell “fire.” This will get people looking, because everyone wants to see what’s going on. If you just scream for help people may not come to your aide because they think they can’t help you. They don't realize their attention will make a world of difference, and in fact, if you simply yell "help" they may steer clear from where you are. Yell “fire” and people will come, and then there is attention, and now the attacker will have to make a choice. With other people watching he will most likely let you go and run off himself.

If you haven’t been grabbed yet, but you can tell the situation is unsafe, follow the same thinking. Move yourself back into the store, or near other people. Just being near other peopla will keep the attacker from attacking in most cases.

Honestly, regardless of what you yell, yell, scream, throw a fit, make a scene. Yell at them before their hands get on you, before they get near enough to touch you yell, "Leave me alone!" If you see someone nearby yell at them personally. "Hey you in the red hat! Call 911!!!" Don't be afraid to tell someone to leave you alone, let people know you do in fact need help, or dial 911 when you find yourself in a threatening situation. After all, the worst that can happen is you get embarrassed, but trust your instinct and bring people into it getting attention which the attacker does not want.

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  1. Great advice! People generally don't like to make scenes but I think you are so right the bigger the better!

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    1. yes! And we will only do it if we are prepared to.

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  2. Wow! Can I tell you that this has never occurred to me. What a simply brilliant thing to do. "help" really doesn't get much attention, but fire always does. So, so good - AGAIN!! :)

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    1. My taekwondo instructor tells us this ALL THE TIME. I dont' know that I would have thought it on my own either.

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  3. Staying in a crowd and around people, especially in unfamiliar places is smart. Oh, yeah, yelling loud and bold. I won't be embarrassed but someone intent on harm will be very wary of undue attention.

    Sia McKye OVER COFFEE

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  4. Wow, Stacey, I got goosebumps just trying to imagine the scene .. possible attacker ... victim screaming. So true, we must scream, kick, do whatever it takes. The first few seconds are crucial. Thank you for this.

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    1. Yes! If we can cause enough problems at the beginning it may just not be worth it for the attacker anymore.

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  5. Very good point. People, shamefully, don't want to get involved, but yelling fire would get attention.
    Shawn at Reading Practice & Laughing at Life 2

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  6. Of course, yelling and making a scene are ways to get attention. Think everyone knows to not be alone; but sadly you see girls doing that 2 am out and about in a dark place by themselves...you read that so often when you read something went bad. FIRE.....now that, I've not heard before. Soooo many things people can do, always park their car in a lighted area. Always tells someone where you are, always look before you get in the car, always have your keys at the ready and don't unlock your care too early, and ..and...and, but most people don't follow the good advice, most assume things will happen to others, and a large percentage of things that happen could be avoided.

    A-Z challenge

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    1. Oh yes, there is an air of invincibility with so many, not just young girls. It's a learning process to realize we are indeed vulnerable and we must do something about it. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment Sandy!

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