Mama Sass

How not to ‘walk like a victim’

 

MomsMiami.com

Can we teach our kids not to walk like victims?

Back in 2007, when police were hunting for a killer stalking moms at the Town Center at Boca Raton mall, my daughters were only 7 and 8 years old. I didn’t want to scare them, but I didn’t want us to end up dead, either, so this is what I told them:

Don’t ever dawdle in the parking lot. Keep your head up, get in the car, lock the door and leave right away. I’ve drilled this into their heads so many times that our speedy escape from malls has become as habitual as fastening our seat belts.

Always be aware of your surroundings. Be confident. Don’t walk like a victim. Those are the lessons I want my daughters to remember. And so I felt validated when I read about a recent study that suggests attackers choose their victims based on the way they walk.

Read the column at MomsMiami.com.

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