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You control your safety and self defense. Don't allow yourself to become the victim of violent crime when taking precautionary steps can keep you safe and help you escape a dangerous situation. Start by being alert and attentive to your surroundings. It is also a good idea to take training on self defense techniques or a self defense weapon. Don't quit fighting the attacker. According to Aware.org, "Women who fight back are injured less often, are more successful in stopping the attack, regardless of what kind of attack it is, and feel better about themselves afterward." Even if you escape your attacker, go immediately to authorities to report the incident. This could be the one thing that keeps the attacker from victimizing another woman.