Is a Woman Safe on the Streets in the Night?

@mivarg (277)
India
April 29, 2007 1:02pm CST
I find it really upsetting when I receive incriminating glances as I walk in the streets even at dusk. I wonder whther a woman can ever be safe out there, in the streets and buses and trains in the night. People tend to accept women who venture out with their male partners, but women face difficulties if they travel alone, in many countries. Is there any solution?
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@PunkyMcPunk (1477)
• Canada
29 Apr 07
I live in the country, I guess that sets me apart from most folks. I am free to walk pretty much any time of day or night anywhere in the area without fear from humans. I do still take a walking stick because we ahve wolves, bear, and fishers around. I know that a stick isn't much protection from those sorts of animals but I haven't had to use it. Even when I have come across a wolf they mostly just watch you, if you keep them in your eyesight and go on about your business then you're fine (for the most part). When I am in the city, I don't fear walking around by myself either. I ahve never depended on anyone for anything. I get chastized by my friends and family for doing it but nothing bad has happened to me. I used to work late at one of my old jobs. I would get out of work at midnight and then walk over to a coffeeshop to wait for my ride. (they weren't done work until 2AM). I never had an incident that made me scared. I was raised in the country and have done manual labour (pitching hay, mucking out stalls etc...) I am pretty confident that if need be I could fend off an attacker. Also I want to believe that society hasn't truly transgressed that far where a lone walker needs to carry a weapon or something.
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@mivarg (277)
• India
2 May 07
That is an extraordinary response. I wish most women gain the confidence that you have. It pays a lot, when we live in a world which is predominantly male-centred. And let us hope that the world changes eventually.
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@Lavera1 (897)
• United States
29 Apr 07
Mivarg, one soultion for women's safety is for them to take self defense classes. That does not mean Karate but just simple defense classes. And if possible try not travelling alone or going into public restrooms alone. In some of the colleges the female students are advised to not go to the restrooms alone.
@mivarg (277)
• India
29 Apr 07
Yes, self-defense is a nice idea. But I would prefer a world where that is not necessary. A free, inclusive society, where women should be able to live just like the men, not having to fear. I don't know how far we need to go for that.Thanks a lot ofr the message.
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@limosonia1 (1559)
• United States
29 Apr 07
Unfortunaltly this is to true.It is harder and harder for a women to feel safe after hours walking around. There is now so much evil out there. It isn't safe and that is hard to stomach considering that some women work second and third shift and should feel safe.
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@mivarg (277)
• India
29 Apr 07
Glad to receive a response so fast, and that shows that there are many in this world who face this problem. High time we sort it out. Thanks for the message.
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• Canada
4 May 07
A lot of people try and tell me that a woman is not safe along walking on the streets at night. There are nights when I have had to go out alone, because I have had to, or just because I have wanted to go out. There are times when I was almost attacked, but I was able to defend myself using the cane that I carry for walking. I have no problems walking on the streets at night alone and no one is ever going to stop me from doing that.
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@mivarg (277)
• India
5 May 07
That's a great attitude. Sometimes, when everything around us is nt favourable, our courage matters a lot. No one will be able to stop us if we are 100% assertive. Thanks for the message.