One thing everyone, not just women, should learn is to NOT quiet your intuition. Often people get a bad feeling about a situation but they quiet that voice in their head trying to warn them. They tell tehmselves they don't want to live in fear, or they are just being silly, or there is really no reason to be scared. Listen to that little voice. If you're alone and an elevator stops with a shady character inside, wait for the next elevator. You don't have to impress anyone, and if you're wrong so what. You wait 2 more minutes for another elevator. If you have doubts about walking down a shadowy street, don't do it. Find another route or get someone to walk with you. You be surprised how many people that get in trouble have a sense about it before hand that they deliberately ignore.
When you go out make sure someone knows where you are, where you are going and have a time you are expected to check-in. If something happens people can find you and help you faster, the sooner they know you've missed a check-in. Make arrangements to call someone you care at night and just before or after meals. DOn't forget. If you're reliable people will realize your missing sooner.
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