(9.) Physical defenses that we can use against the violent predator: (a.) The EYES are the most vulnerable part of the body. Poke him there. HARD. It may be your only window of opportunity. (b.) The neck is also a vulnerable spot, but you MUST know where to grip, AND HAVE THE STRENGTH to cut off his breath. (c.) The last place is the KNEES. Everyone's knees are very vulnerable, and a swift kick here will take anyone down. -- A cautionary note about these things. If you do not do these things right the first time, you are in trouble, because it will only anger the individual, and that anger will be TAKEN OUT ON YOU. I'm not saying don't attempt them (it may be your only hope), but be forceful when you do. (10.) If you are walking alone in the dark (which you shouldn't be) and you find him following/chasing you: (a.) Scream "FIRE!", and not, "Help!". People don't want to get involved when people yell "help," but "fire" draws attention because people are nosy. (b.) RUN! (c.) Find an obstacle, such as a parked car, and run around it, like Ring Around the Rosie. This may sound silly, but over the years, 5 women have told Pat Malone that this SAVED THEIR LIVES. (d.) Your last hope is getting under the car. Once you are under there, there are tons of things to hold on to, and he will not be able to get you out unless he comes under after you (which makes it easier for you to escape or fend him off). Usually they give up by this point. The catch here is that YOU MUST PRACTICE GETTING UNDER THE CAR. You must have a plan (he will have one); know if you will be going on your back, front, from the side or back of the car. It must be practiced. (11.) Never let yourself or anyone that you know be a "closer" in any type of business (bar, store, restaurant, gas station). Pat knew Danielle, who was a girl that just died from being shot pointblank by some kids while she was closing at the local gas station. He talked with her the night before she died, and asked whether it ever scared her to close alone. She said yes, but said, "I'll be all right, Pat. I'll be all right." She wasn't. Our world is not as safe as we pretend that it is, and living in our fantasy worlds WILL get us in trouble, sooner or later. Pat Malone said, again and again, that the women who die EVERY MINUTE from violent crime expected to go to bed tonight, and get up tomorrow = No one expects it, we must but be prepared and be aware so that we HAVE A PLAN. BE PREPARED TO ACT! AND ACT HARD! HAVE A PLAN! I would encourage you to pass this on to all women, not just your friends and family, but everybody. We all need to hear it.