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Walking home alone at night…(r/TwoXChromosomes)
Please, please please buy your friend a copy of “The Gift of Fear” by Gavin deBecker. He’s a violence predictor specialist and wrote the entire book on what the signs are that precursor violence in various situations (strangers, coworkers, significant others, etc). It will absolutely help her to develop smart strategies and responses for these types of encounters because yeah, they do happen.
I used to walk home from a job at midnight and almost every night a different man in a car would pull over and ask if I wanted a ride. I was new to that region of the country so I thought it was just its famous hospitality (although I never took anyone up on the offer because it was still weird) until I mentioned it to a coworker who flipped out on me. Evidently his roommate was murdered by some men who offered her a ride, and he let me in on the information that I was being solicited for prostitution.
If your friend really believes that she is being stalked or followed by this guy the book will help her develop a strategy. Pepper spray is great, never wearing headphones so she’s always aware of…