From a young age, women (and men) are taught things for their protection – whether they’re alone or with a friend. A lot of the time, you see them advertised on the television and other media platforms. So if you’re not taught them, you’re exposed to them and are aware that these different techniques exist. Now, most of these are related to alcohol, but they can be applied to pretty well any situation – yay for versatility!
- Always travel in pairs. This one is good when you’re out late at night. I know for me, my friends and I like to hold hands or link arms and walk to our destination- especially if we’re drunk. We look out for one another. And if something were to ever happen, you have someone with you to help out.
- Now, let’s say you live on your own and you haven’t got a friend or someone with you, another things my friends and I do is call each other while we’re walking to our destination (which usually is our car.) But this gives us time to not only catch up, but the security of feeling like you have someone else there is extremely comforting when you’re on your own.
- Another thing my friends and I do is when we go to each others house and we leave, regardless of the time of day, we always text each other when we get home so the other knows that we arrived home / to our destination safely. It’s become a habit after saying goodbye now; “I had fun. We need to go out again soon. Let me know when you’re free. Bye love you. Text me when you get home so I know you got home safe.”
- Don’t leave your drink laying around. Now this one can be used for alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Whether you’re at a party, bar, or a get together, it’s imperative you know where your drink is at all times. And if you don’t, get a new one. You’re probably thinking that it’s a waste. But trust me, you don’t know if someone had slipped something into it or what could have happened to it. As my Mum always says, it’s better to be safe rather than sorry.
- Carry your key(s) in between your fingers. Now, I don’t mean put a key in each space between your fingers. What I do is take one key and put it between my finger. Having multiple keys seems to be a bit much if you’re asking me.
Are there any other techniques that you (and your friends) do? Leave me comment and let me know! Also, sorry for writing a lot about what my friends and I do; Are you fed up with us yet? (if you are that’s totally okay.)
Alex Newton is a nursing student and mental health advocate. She grew up in a small town and plans on moving to London, England one day and open up her own health practice. She has a cat named Maya who she adopted whilst going through some difficulties. She’s a daughter, sister, and warrior who enjoys a nice cuppa tea.