There are many things you can do to stay safe and help others stay safe, however nothing can prevent an assault besides the perpetrator. It is always their choice to hurt and never the victim’s/survivor's fault.
If you are attacked
If you are attacked, do whatever it takes to survive. Remember, you are not at fault. You have nothing to feel guilty or ashamed about. Give some thought right now to what you would do in various situations that could arise. The more you have thought ahead, the more likely you will be to act in the way you have planned.
In considering your reactions to different situations
Keep these three basic rules in mind:
- Trust your instincts.
- Don't be afraid to be impolite or make a scene; this is especially important if someone you know threatens or attacks you.
- Try to remain calm and use your imagination and good judgment; give yourself time to think.