the Victim Selection Process by an attacker
Human predators select their prey based on signals given off by their potential victims.
The predator acquires a sense of who is and isn't a suitable target. For every
person who is a victim ten others are passed over.
The predator wants an easy target. He does not want his job to be any more difficult or hazardous than it has to be. He will seek out those he
sees as weak, submissive and unlikely to fight back. He doesn't want
any type of resistance or injury to himself. A sign of strength or
assertiveness, is often sufficient to cause him to abandon the
attack and look for an easier victim.
If they can help it, muggers or thugs don't pick fights with people who will pound them into the pavement! They won't select people who
look like they will confront and challenge them. Rapists, muggers, abusers and bullies look for someone they can dominate and
control with ease.
1. How you walk
People selected as victims can have an either abnormally short or
long stride. They drag or shuffle their feet as they walk. Non-victims, on the other hand,
tend to have a smooth, natural walk. walking from heel to toe.
2. Assertiveness when walking about
Victims tend to walk at a different rate than non-victims. Usually, they walk slower. Their movement lacks a sense of deliberateness or purpose. However, an unnaturally rapid pace can project nervousness or fear.
3. Body control
Awkwardness or lack of co-ordination in a victim's body movement.
Wavering from side to side as they moved became apparent in all the victims
who were analyzed. Compared with smoother, more coordinated movement of the non-victims.
4. Posture and eye contact
A slumped posture is a sign of weakness or being submissive. A downward gaze implies preoccupation and being unaware of one's surroundings.
Reluctant to establish eye contact can also be perceived as being
scared or submissive. An ideal target for a predator.
Seven Tips That Can Help Keep You Safe
Many people are afraid to go out of the house alone, especially after dark, or they worry excessively about the safety of their children. Other are not concerned at all until something actually happens to them or a loved one.
Here are seven tips that can help keep you safer.
1. Be Aware!!!
Constant awareness of your environment is your best defense. Always be alert, whether you are in your car, on the street, or at home.
Have a plan of action
2. Play a mental "what if" game. Where would you go and what would you do should a dangerous situation occur?
3. Trust your instincts
Research shows that most assault victims had a feeling something was wrong just before they were attacked.
4. Take notice be aware if an acquaintance is suddenly paying unwanted attention to you.
More than half of all assaults are committed by someone known to the victim.
5. Keep your senses free. Don't wear radio headphones, large hats, or other devices that make it difficult for you to sense an attacker. Be alert at all times.
Yell "No" or ''Fire'' ( Research shows more people will
run to assist with a call of fire)
If someone accosts you, yell "No!" as loudly as you can. Don't yell "Help" or "Rape" because these words give the message: "I'm weak and helpless" a message that attackers feed upon. "No!" is powerful. In fact it has been proven that the word "No" is said to us hundreds of thousands of times in our lifetimes. When we hear "No" it actually causes a chemical reaction in our body.
Yell "I don't know this man"
Let bystanders know that you do not know the assailant so they don't mistake the attack for a domestic quarrel.