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ESSENCE Poll: What Precautions Do You Take for Your Safety?

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Naomi Campbell allegedly suffered a leg injury after being mugged in a violent attack on a Paris street, sources tell the New York Post. According to a friend, the supermodel believes her male attackers had been watching her and waited for the right moment to attack. News of the world-famous supermodel being attacked in the city of lights has us thinking about the precautions we take for our safety.

How many of us can admit to lately being so glued to our smartphones that we're not aware of our environment? Or how about the many times you've walked down a dark street at night, by yourself? In fact, according to a recent Gallup poll, only 62 percent of women in the United States feel safe walking alone at night, as compared to 89 percent of men. A 2011 government survey further revealed that "24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States."

So tell us: have you ever been in a situation where you felt your safety was threatened? What precautions do you take for your safety?

QUESTION:
What precautions do you take for your safety?
I never walk alone at night
29%
I carry mase or pepper spray
13%
I never use expensive devices in public
15%
I avoid certain crowds, neighborhoods, and events
40%
I take self-defense classes
4%
Total votes: 133

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