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How should a woman deal with a mugger? Dana Schwartz and John Riley, self-defense experts from Prepare Inc. who led a recent workshop for female associates at New York-based Epstein, Becker & Green, offered 10 quick tips. If you absolutely cannot avoid encountering a sketchy character: � Keep a safe distance, at least two arms’ length. � Be a less attractive target by making him aware that you are aware. Give a glance, then look away and leave calmly. � Maintain a neutral, confident expression. Move your body similarly. � Understand that crime statistics indicate 99 percent of all muggers simply want property. Give him money and valuables and he will likely go away. � Assess the level of physical threat, prepare yourself, and take a few deep breaths to counter the effects of adrenaline. � If need be, use simple commands, as you would with a child or pet. “Stop!” for example, or “Let me by!” � Hands up and palms forward create a psychological barrier, as does a firm stance. � De-escalate his aggression by lowering the volume of your voice. � Remember, said Riley, “When a man picks on a woman, he’s not looking for a fair fight. It’s all about intimidation.” � “Let him get the last word,” said Schwartz. “Let him slink away with some shred of dignity, even though he doesn’t have any.”

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