If you notice some nasties harrassing a woman in a alley, what will be your action?

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#1 Posted by carljohnsonCJ (470 posts) -

Report the incident to a cop if one is nearby or dial 911 from afar. Not gonna intervene tho like Spiderman as nasties can stab or shoot me easily.

Well?

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#2 Posted by jeezers (3035 posts) -

@carljohnsoncj: break it up... Even if you cant win the fight atleast letting them know your there seeing whats happening will help them realize there are witnesses. I mean if its all verbal its w/e if its physical dont be a coward, sure call 911 but break it up

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#3 Edited by thehig1 (7312 posts) -

@carljohnsoncj: is that the culture in India?

In UK I think majority of people would react in someway, be it physically or at least shouting stop.

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#4 Posted by Ovirew (9087 posts) -

I think your solution is probably the best one. I hate to say it, but stereotyping comes into play a little bit in situations like this. If I see a woman in an alley, first I might wonder why she is in an alley, and consider why she might be there. I'd probably look at how she's dressed, and look at the person or people with her, try to determine if they're friends or what.

My first guess might be that it's a sex worker or something, but then depending on how the situation looks I might also think she was there against her will. It also might be entirely possible that the whole thing is a setup and the woman is in on it, and they're waiting for some dumb person to play hero so they can gang up on him and rob him blind.

One time I was walking downtown at night, with this girl I was dating. We were going to a local cafe place, and on the way in there were these two guys walking down the street, and one of them looked tired or drunk, so the other guy was helping him walk. I didn't really think much of it at first. Well we went to the cafe and relaxed for an hour or so, and then headed out. On the way back down the street, I happen to look over in this one entryway to another business and see the tired/drunk dude laying spread-out on the ground, like literally laying there inside the doorway of the business. It was a bank or something I guess? But it had a walk-in area you must have been able to access late. From afar, I just peered over to make sure there wasn't a pool of blood or anything, and from what I could tell he was alive. My date was this really leftist girl and she wanted to go right up to the guy, but I had to keep her from doing that. Best case scenario, he was just drunk and his buddy put him there to rest safely, or else maybe he was robbed by the other guy. But for all I knew they were just waiting for some dumb people to come along to jump them.

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#5 Posted by johnd13 (9759 posts) -

Shout first to let the attackers know I'm there. That's probably gonna be enough. If that doesn't stop them, I'd like to think I would cautiously intervene.

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#6 Posted by musicalmac (25026 posts) -

Where are we at in this scenario? That matters.

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#7 Edited by livingdeadman (215 posts) -

I will hurl objects at them. When they move towards me I will use my phone in self defense.

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#8 Edited by Horgen (120640 posts) -

@musicalmac said:

Where are we at in this scenario? That matters.

I just assume I was for some reason walking around with a shotgun, an axe and a baseball bat if I were in this situation.

I would flee for the record. :P

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#9 Posted by watercrack445 (1671 posts) -

I'm batman

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#10 Posted by sonicare (56775 posts) -

I would go running in, scissor kick the first perp to the back of the head. Then sweep the leg of the second perp, and do a rear naked choke out. I would then perform 6 consecutive backflips and tbag the lat guy.

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#11 Posted by PSP107 (17482 posts) -

@watercrack445 said:

I'm batman

Which version?

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#12 Edited by mrbojangles25 (44045 posts) -

I would roll a 20-sided die and base my action on that.

Nah, joking aside, I am the size of a small bear. I'd call the cops so the law would show up eventually, and in the meantime stroll up and ask them to stop.

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#13 Posted by br0kenrabbit (16077 posts) -

I conceal and carry, but I don't think I'd go straight for the gun unless they were getting violent. I'm a pretty big guy when I square up, and I'm damn good with a command voice especially when I start getting condescending. I'd try that, first.

If that doesn't work...well, we'll see.

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#14 Posted by Gaming-Planet (19967 posts) -

Feminism has taught me that women are equal to men and that they can take care of themselves.

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#15 Posted by warmblur (2549 posts) -

Do nothing I hope everybody dies in that situation including myself.

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#16 Posted by SaltSlasher (1157 posts) -

Do what games taught me, lure them away from her, so she can survive.

You empty your wallet, and say hey mofo, I got 5,000, leave her alone and come get it.

Obviously 1 vs Gang of Rapists, I'd end up raped with her cause I'm not Mike Valley. So I think the strategy of luring is best option. Of course, if she's already beaten to pulp, she might not have enough sense/strength to run, and all for naught.

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#17 Posted by DaVillain- (36959 posts) -

Do I look like a superhero to you?

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#18 Posted by Serraph105 (33861 posts) -

How many people are harassing this woman? I'm picturing two, but if it's like 5-6 my strategy is probably going to change drastically. It would also depend on what I have on me at the time, what my surroundings are, are there objects I can use as a weapon, etc. You can choke a person with a shirt for instance so you're technically always wearing a weapon if you can get behind them. When approaching to attack do so with as little notice to them as possible for the element of surprise.

Also punch people in places they aren't use to protecting like their neck (almost every guy will protect their balls on instinct if you try). You could also try hitting them in the ribs on the lower sides of the body which break the easiest. And of course if they go down you then have a moment to try and get both you and the person being harassed away.

Now if it's 5-6 people as opposed to 1-2 you should definitely reconsider playing the hero. Find help as quickly as possible, be it police or just a few more people to back you up.

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#19 Posted by Heirren (1629 posts) -

Zzzzzzzzzzz....pusseez

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#20 Posted by watercrack445 (1671 posts) -

@PSP107 said:
@watercrack445 said:

I'm batman

Which version?

Ben Affleck

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#21 Posted by carljohnsonCJ (470 posts) -

@Gaming-Planet said:

Feminism has taught me that women are equal to men and that they can take care of themselves.

lol

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#22 Posted by Master_Live (19566 posts) -

Depends on a lot of factors, I would probably call the cops/call for help. Doubt I would play hero.

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#23 Posted by kriggy (1182 posts) -

@sonicare said:

I would go running in, scissor kick the first perp to the back of the head. Then sweep the leg of the second perp, and do a rear naked choke out. I would then perform 6 consecutive backflips and tbag the lat guy.

YES! Thank you for the only sane answer in this thread!

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#24 Posted by shellcase86 (4431 posts) -

Too vague.

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#25 Posted by uninspiredcup (33734 posts) -

Phone the police?

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#26 Posted by musicalmac (25026 posts) -

@horgen said:
@musicalmac said:

Where are we at in this scenario? That matters.

I just assume I was for some reason walking around with a shotgun, an axe and a baseball bat if I were in this situation.

I would flee for the record. :P

Ha well that's my question. Could I have a gun, too? Ha.

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#27 Posted by omegaMaster (1291 posts) -

hmm... quite an open scenario.

If it was just one guy harassing, I'd break it up.

But if there were more than one guy harassing and it was against me, I'll just call the police asap. No way in heaven would I be able to fight them off.

If the harasser is equipped with a knife or a gun, I'll just back away and run for it. Will call the police at least though.

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#28 Posted by Speeny (1786 posts) -

Because I don't know what the circumstances are, I'm not sure to be honest. Call the police would be my first option. I can only fight in the right scenario. If there were multiple guys, would probably get my ass kicked.

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#29 Edited by thereal25 (1789 posts) -

Tell them to stop and if not then unleash my inner Batman on them.

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#30 Edited by jun_aka_pekto (25253 posts) -

Phone the police. That's it. I value my own neck more.

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#31 Posted by jun_aka_pekto (25253 posts) -
@Gaming-Planet said:

Feminism has taught me that women are equal to men and that they can take care of themselves.

Yup. Chivalry is dead. No more being a white knight. I sold my armor and dropped off the horse at the glue factory.

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#32 Posted by BaelNergal (319 posts) -

Call the cops.

If that's not an option? Quickly convert a pepperspray cartridge into a tear gas bomb and toss it down the alleyway.

She can take care of herself from there.

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#33 Posted by Heirren (1629 posts) -

Yall might find this surprising but in this day and age most guys are pusseez.

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#34 Edited by mrbojangles25 (44045 posts) -

@jun_aka_pekto said:
@Gaming-Planet said:

Feminism has taught me that women are equal to men and that they can take care of themselves.

Yup. Chivalry is dead. No more being a white knight. I sold my armor and dropped off the horse at the glue factory.

I am sorry, but a 110 lb 5'2" female is not going to "take care of themselves" against a 6'0" 200 lb male.

Also "white knighting" is not the same as chivalry.

@heirren said:

Yall might find this surprising but in this day and age most guys are pusseez.

Suppose it takes one to know one...

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#35 Edited by KungfuKitten (26664 posts) -
@Gaming-Planet said:

Feminism has taught me that women are equal to men and that they can take care of themselves.

If you intervene you can easily get sued as one of the assailants! Especially if you're a man! Just scream really loud, preferably at a slightly higher pitch rather than lower to draw attention (people will jump into action more when it's a higher pitch), and call the police.

(BTW this is why pickpockets prefer pickpocketing men, because they won't scream. They don't care if you fight or chase because they were prepared for it, but they don't want a crowd to form and bare witness because that means they're in trouble. Screw embarrassment in a serious situation, just scream.)

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#36 Posted by Heirren (1629 posts) -

@mrbojangles25:

Ha. Nope. Just surprised by the comments.

...and it doesnt take one to know one, btw😉

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#37 Posted by BaelNergal (319 posts) -

@mrbojangles25 said:

I am sorry, but a 110 lb 5'2" female is not going to "take care of themselves" against a 6'0" 200 lb male.

Also "white knighting" is not the same as chivalry.

A friend of mine is a martial artist, and she's about that height and weight. She's also proven that, yes, she can quite easily take care of herself against people six feet and taller. So, to a degree, I'm used to the idea women can handle themselves in a fight.

I might have skewed priorities just due to confirmation bias, though.

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#38 Edited by livingdeadman (215 posts) -

@heirren Most of us would like to think we'd help out someone in need of a rescue like it's a damn video game world we live in as if we are the protagonist who presses (X) to intervene, but it's not that easy. I once watched someone I assumed was a thief run from mall cops, but I was inside the restaurant, they were outside. In a video game I would press (X) to intervene. I'm interested in knowing what you'd do in this situation.

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#40 Posted by rmiller365 (794 posts) -

Call the police and thank my lucky stars I have my concealed carry permit. :-)